Occupy Edinburgh

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Occupy Edinburgh
Part of the Occupy Movement
Occupy Edinburgh located in St. Andrew Square
Date 15 October 2011
Location Edinburgh, Scotland
Causes Economic inequality, corporate influence over government, inter alia.
Methods Demonstrations, street protesters

Occupy Edinburgh was a protest against economic and social inequality as part of the global Occupy movement. The "occupation" began with the erection of a number of tents in St. Andrew Square on 14 October 2011.[1]

On 24 November 2011, Edinburgh City Council became the first governmental body in the world to grant both the Occupy Edinburgh and the worldwide Occupy Movement official recognition.[2]

In January 2012 the protesters were urged to leave their site by Essential Edinburgh, the business group that manages the square they were occupying, and the Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce, so that it can be used by the public again. The Chamber's deputy chief executive, Graham Birse, said: "We did not spend all that public money for St Andrew Square to become a campsite for those with nowhere else to go."[3]

At the end of January 2012 the protesters relocated to The Meadows, a park within Edinburgh, and then left this site a couple of weeks later ahead of a legal bid to have them evicted by the City Council.[4]

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  1. ^ Occupy Edinburgh gains recognition from the Edinburgh Council
  2. ^ Rebecca Gordon (2011-11-24). "Occupy Edinburgh is backed by the Edinburgh Council". Local.stv.tv. Retrieved 2011-12-28. 
  3. ^ "Call on Occupy Edinburgh campers to quit". Scotsman.com. 9 January 2012. Retrieved 20 January 2012. 
  4. ^ "Occupy Edinburgh protesters leave Meadows camp". BBC. 10 February 2012. Retrieved 18 February 2012. 

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