Occupy London Took Over an Abandoned UBS-Owned Building

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 18:  A policeman watches as Occupy London protestors hang banners from an unused building owned by UBS bank on November 18, 2011 in London, England. The Occupy London protest group are continuing to camp outside St Paul's Cathedral and nearby Finsbury Square in the heart of London's financial district. The deadline for those outside the cathedral to leave or face court action has passed. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
Photo: Peter Macdiarmid/2011 Getty Images

Occupy London, an offshoot of the Occupy Wall Street movement, has already had some splashy successes: The group forced St. Paul’s Cathedral to close for the first time since the Blitz. Now, they’ve done something even more dramatic. They’ve taken over an abandoned building owned by banking giant UBS, where they’ll set up a “bank of ideas” and “and open the disused offices and meeting rooms to ‘those who have lost their nurseries, community centres and youth clubs due to savage Government spending cuts,’” reports the Telegraph. A dozen occupiers broke into the building last night and now say they’ve got a legal claim to the building. There was no elaboration on exactly what that was, however, and it’s hard to imagine the actual owners won’t soon take action. But either way, they won’t sleep there, say the protesters; it’s an office, after all!