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Occupy London: Your views

Protesters camping out. Photo: Amy Wright
Image caption Protesters have been camping out in London since Saturday. Photo: Amy Wright

Demonstrators protesting against "corporate greed" are spending a third day camped out in London's financial district.

About 250 people were taking part in the Occupy London protest outside St Paul's Cathedral. The demonstration is part of a global campaign inspired by the Occupy Wall Street movement in New York.

Here, you share your views on the ongoing protest.

Karoline Andersen, student

My main reason for being here is to protest against greed; not just corporate but human greed.

I'm not against capitalism, but I am against corporate greed and corruption.

There isn't a protest leader as such, but anyone is allowed to get on their soapbox and have their say. There are lots of people there and they are very friendly.

Protesters don't want to harass office workers - they just want to have the chance to have a say.

It's interesting for me because this is happening all over the world and I think it is important for me to understand the issues being raised.

There are obviously some problems camping out at St Paul's, for example finding a bathroom to use, but local businesses have allowed occupiers to use their bathrooms.

Lots of small shop owners have stickers on their windows showing their support.

As I'm a student, I'm not a permanent occupier, but I go to St Paul's whenever I have time, and I intend to go back there.

Andrew, London City worker

The City is not just about bankers. The City has a host of other skills, lawyers, insurers, architects, and accountants to name but a few.

Many people are on modest earnings and one needs to put the salaries into perspective. The number of people on the hyper salaries are few and far between and not the norm as is portrayed by the protesters.

If people have a salary package that is high it is due to that individual's skill and the fact that the company believes it can afford to pay it.

Protesting is not going to change our commercial culture which has evolved over decades.

We need high flying skilled people in the City to generate taxes to drive the economy.

I work in the City and do not earn an exorbitant salary, I earn a fair salary for the responsibility I hold, additionally I travel daily from Staffordshire as there is no employment in my field in this locality. I have bills to pay and that means travel or starve!

People need to realise that people working in London and the City frequently do so because they have skills that are in demand there.

I am appalled at the idea that the City is associated with one skill - banking. Protesters need to realise that other skills are part of the City environment.

These so called banking salaries are exceptions - not the norm.

Hassan Zendedel, protester

Image caption Wall of organisation at the Occupy London camp. Photo: Laura O'Farrell

I am taking part in the protests. I have been here since Saturday and intend to stay as long as it takes.

We are protesting because we are not happy about everything that is happening economically and politically here in the UK and with the global economy.

We want change. What we have at the moment is not a real democracy. We have a few people making the decisions for the majority.

I am a gardener by trade. I have been living in Britain for over 18 years but am originally from Iran.

There is currently a lack of wealth in this country and in general. There are the selected few who have money, while others have none.

We want the country's wealth to be equally distributed amongst the people.

So far the protest has been going well, we are currently outside St Paul's Cathedral and we are gaining support.

Josh, protester

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Media captionJosh explains why he is demonstrating

We are trying to create the alternative model and show people that it can work.

We want to build on the global movement.

We are hoping to work towards concrete solutions and demands.

It seems we're here for an indefinite period of time.

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