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London cleric quits over cathedral protest camp

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A senior cleric at Britain’s St Paul’s Cathedral has quit, saying he fears moves to evict anti-capitalist activists camped out there could lead to violence.

With the celebrated London church considering legal action over the protest camp, Canon Chancellor Giles Fraser has made clear his sympathy with its aims.

“Well the red line for me is that I’m afraid I’m not able to sanction the use of force in the name of the Church, to move the protesters on – and that for me is the red line,” he said.

Violent scenes in London marked the day on which demonstrators set up camp, during global rallies against income inequality on October 15.

Their protest against the nearby Stock Exchange forced St Paul’s to shut its doors for health and safety reasons, a first since World War Two. The cathedral is now set to re-open after a week-long closure.