Police clear Occupy London protest

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A four-month protest economic injustice outside one of the British capital’s most famous landmarks has been broken up by police.

Officers and bailiffs moved in overnight to clear the Occupy London camp at St Paul’s Cathedral after a court ruled that demonstrators could be evicted.

Twenty people were arrested, but some activists said they would stay put.

“A lot of people are saying that to me as if this is it now, this is over. It’s not, this is just the beginning, this is just where it starts to kick off,” said one unidentified protester.

“A lot of these people, including myself, will be willing to stay here regardless. The only thing that’s being told to move now is the tents, we’re not being told to move so we’re going to stay here as long as we can.”

The protesters pointed to recent government debates on bankers bonuses and income inequality as successes of their campaign.

They were inspired by the Occupy Wall Street demonstration, which sparked copycat rallies worldwide.