BORIS JOHNSON has become a target of the Occupy London Stock Exchange movement on the day the protesters face eviction from outside St Paul’s Cathedral.
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Representatives of the Occupy campaign went to tackle the man they dub the ‘Mayor of the 1%’ at City Hall today after Johnson called them “crusties” bent on a “thoroughly maddening protest against capitalism”.
“Johnson has totally identified himself as the mayor of the 1%,” one protester told The Guardian.
The growing split between the super-rich ‘1%’ and the rest of the population has become one of the defining messages of the Occupy movement.
The Occupy campaign released figures showing that since becoming Mayor in 2008, Johnson has had official meetings with bankers 86 times, compared to only 15 public meetings.
From the start of the credit crunch three years ago, Johnson’s has been one of the loudest voices backing bankers, calling them “very talented people who allocate capital very efficiently”.
That might seem like a joke now, but Johnson could still have the last laugh as the days of OLSX’s camp look to be numbered.
The City of London Corporation, the authority in charge of the The City area which includes St Paul’s, is set to issue the Occupy camp with a 24-hour notice-to-quit demand.
If protesters aren’t gone by the end of the 24-hours, the heavy squad is likely to move in, as in New York and other American cities in recent days.
“We are determined to see this through,” said Stuart Fraser of the City of London Corporation, echoing the sentiments of Johnson who demanded that judges have the “cojones [balls]” to evict the Occupy camp.