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Occupy London publicly repossesses empty nine-storey building in the Barbican in the City of London


Occupy London this morning publicly repossessed Roman House, an abandoned nine-storey office building in the Barbican in the City of London which previously housed companies from the financial service industries. [1]

Check out the view! – http://www.28dayslaterr.co.uk/forums/showthread.php?t=63568

The Occupy London campaigners – part of the global movement for social and economic justice and real democracy – stated that they intend to occupy the building – their fifth occupation – until such time as the City of London Corporation publishes full details of its City Cash Accounts. This is a request that Occupy London has consistently asked of the Corporation, so that it can become financially transparent – just like every other public body in the country. [2] [3]

A press conference will be held at 11am today at the building which is on the corner of Wood Street and Fore Street (London EC2Y 5BA), with the building opening to the public at 11am Monday 23 January for a lecture focusing on the City’s secret finances and its lobbying activities. Roman House is a non residential building for Occupy London. The City of London Police have visited the building and have agreed that it is a civil matter.

Stuart Fraser, outgoing policy chief of the City of London Corporation, revealed on 17 November on an edition of The Report on BBC Radio regarding the Occupy London Stock Exchange occupation by St Paul’s that “now, under transparency, we’ve got to think about it [releasing details of the City Cash] very seriously. Let me put it this way, it is under discussion.”

Occupy London is still waiting.

Occupy London supporter Bryn Philips commented: “The Corporation has undermined our democracy through the power of its lobbyists and must submit to public scrutiny. If the City agrees to publish its City Cash Accounts, future and historic, we will leave the building immediately. If does not, we will take appropriate action until such time as it does.”

Calls for greater transparency from the Corporation have grown since OccupyLSX by St Paul’s began its occupation on 15 October, with support given from groups such as Reclaim the City who campaign for the democratisation of the City.

Most recently, there was a significant step towards transparency – thought not through the choice of the Corporation – when Fr William Taylor, former Common Councillor for the City of London Corporation from 2001 to 2003 and again from 2005 to 2008, who had access to the City’s private ‘City’s Cash’ accounts published some of the accounts via his blog ‘Hackney preacher’. [4] Fr Taylor has also published a new blog focusing on one of the noteworthy funds wrapped up in the City’s Cash account – the Gresham Estate. [5]

Roman House becomes Occupy London’s newest occupation, while its first occupation – OccupyLSX by St Paul’s Cathedral – will this Monday celebrate its 100th day. Other occupations include Finsbury Square which is currently in the process of transforming into an eco-village [6], the Bank of Ideas which was previously the abandoned multimillion pound offices of Swiss investment bank UBS and Occupy Justice, the former Old Street Magistrate’s Court where Occupy London has been putting the one per cent on trial.


[1] Roman House http://postwarbuildings.com/buildings/roman-house / Views – http://www.28dayslater.co.uk/forums/showthread.php?t=63568

[2] 8 November 2011 – Occupy London gets moving on policy: first statement of the City ofLondon PolicyGroup


[3] 11 November 2011 – Occupy London responds to Corporation of London proposal –


[4] 23 December 2011 – Time for City of Londonto be more transparent about its City Cash accounts – New Year’s resolution? http://occupylsx.org/?p=2657

[5] Epiphany – http://hackneypreacher.com/2012/01/epiphany/

[6] Occupy London Finsbury Squareto be long-term eco-village http://www.off-grid.net/2012/01/10/occupy-london-finsbury-square-to-be-long-term-eco-village/


23 Responses to “Occupy London publicly repossesses empty nine-storey building in the Barbican in the City of London”

  1. Oh so the occupy movement is actually quite active. Lets see what you do with this building! I’m looking forwards to reading all about it.

    By the way, the BBC reported this one so you’re doing something right!

  2. I think that what these people are doing is ridiculous, stop wasting government time, money and resources on silly acts. Times are tough for everyone so why add to the pressure with immature pranks, go out face the world and get real jobs where your contribution will really be felt.

  3. Winning!

  4. Just simple squatters, no more no less.

  5. Great work, the Occupy movement is growing not only on the streets but on Facebook where the infowar is underway. Peace and solidarity from Queensland, Australia!

  6. I was wondering about you guys today… publicity is very low and uninformed about your actions – keep going!

    Emz x

  7. PS

    Because there is no press about this.

    They all left at 6pm because it’s the wrong building.

    Error is compounded by waiting 12hours to do something about after they have been told!

  8. get jobs? simple squatters? this is why I firmly refuse to associate with sheeple. they’re just lining up for the slaughter and bahing their heads off at any who show the slightest intelligence and independent thought. you don’t need jobs people. you need a reality check.

    • Don’t comment on intelligence, Thunder. I’ve encountered quite a few camp members rather lacking in that department. The only signs of intelligence come from those arguing like politicians, i.e. deflecting when they know they don’t have a satisfactory answer. In fact, not having a clue seems to be a prerequisite to being in Occupy. The difference between Occupy and myself is I’ve read most of what they base their opinions on, unfortunately I’ve read most of the other side of the debate as well. So what I possess is an ‘informed’ opinion. You may not know what this means, so let me explain, it may help if you or someone you know finds themselves in higher education.
      1. Pick a topic. Luckily as Occupy is generally aimless, or at least its aims differ from person to person, you should have no trouble with this.
      2. Look at what you think the problem is related to this topic
      3. Read something, or maybe a few things that agrees with and makes recognition of the problem.
      4. Read something, or maybe a few things that disagrees with number 3.
      5. Now you understand both perspectives.
      6. Now you are informed.
      7. Now you may realise Occupy really offer nothing of value, and are merely a skidmark on the pair of pants that is society.

      Please note, for your future reference, skipping step 4, which seems to be standard Occupy procedure, means quite clearly that you cannot preach on intelligence or independent thought.

      No need to thank me, I’m merely trying to make the world a better place.

      • Dear ‘bored of waiting’, I praise your effort to gain an informed opinion, however do not rely only on reading, it is doing you a fibble favor.
        I find these “informed” statements not only pretentious, but also offensive generalizations:

        “In fact, not having a clue seems to be a prerequisite to being in Occupy”
        “The difference between Occupy and myself…”
        “what I possess is an ‘informed’ opinion. You may not know what this means”
        “Occupy really offer nothing of value, and are merely a skidmark on the pair of pants that is society”

        My view is that if you had read enough, and if you did not have so much anger against individuals challenging the status quo, you would not use that language nor make such uninformed claims.
        But I wish you good luck with your reading and learning and I hope you gain a richer perspective in the future.

        • Antonio,

          Having refuted what I’ve said, you are again looking at one side of the argument. It’s like these panel debates Occupy advertise that don’t have anyone with an opposing view. That is not a debate! So no Antonio, it isn’t just reading where you don’t come up to scratch, it’s in most of the various forms of engagement that Occupy only understand one perspective. Note that word…understand. You don’t understand what the opposing view is or how it works, that’s why you are fundamentally flawed as a group.

          You arguing against my point merely reveals a complete unwillingness on your behalf to redress this balance. You’re not challenging the status quo, because you don’t know what the status quo is, and how it’s developed.

          Also, my comments aren’t pretentious, they’re patronising. The reason they aren’t pretentious is because I really am as good as I say I am, in which case I’m merely being arrogant. The comments are, I will admit, patronising because that’s how you talk to the uninformed. I tried polite conversation, but people tend to get a bit shouty and defensive when they can’t defend anything they spout. It deflects from the stupidity.

          Also, an Occupy member criticising generalisations is like a Christian crticising Jesus. Generalising is what the Occupy movement is built on, so don’t pursue that line of defence too much.

  9. @ Tom:- Quite a few of us have jobs, some are self employed and for those that don’t as well as those that do we have an “Occupation”, being involved in the Occupy Movement in most cases involves real work with many putting in 16hours a day with many having made enormous sacrifices and spending “OUR OWN MONEY” or being supported by those with their own money who are just as much a part of what we are doing.

    We come from all walks of life. So don’t believe all you read in the papers!

  10. just as long as you stay visible and engage with people. it’d be easy enough to ignore you couped up in there.

  11. The real reason they left Roman House is because “It is not safe for public use, there are holes in the floors and we are in the early stages of asbestos removal.”

    Some say the build contractors should of locked them in…..

  12. To my brothers and sisters in the UK! Keep fighting! Keep resisting! We are winning, we are a global movement. We are human and deserve to be free from the IMF mobsters and corrupt bankers who run this world by a false sense of scarcity! We are not slaves and we are no longer blind. 🙂 Much luv from USA <3 Your efforts are helping all of us.


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