Demonstrators set up camp on College Green
MORE than 20 tents currently occupy College Green in Bristol with protesters against corporate greed, power and corruption vowing to stay and create an "alternative society".
The "occupation" began on Saturday when around 200 campaigners met at the public space to show solidarity with others protesting about the same issues around the world.
Participants of the Bristol protest, called Occupy Bristol, have pitched tents and a large banner on the green, as well as signs made out of cardboard listing what they are protesting about.
"We are here to create a public forum for the people of Bristol to express their opinions on our current political and economic system," states the sign.
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There is another cardboard sign titled "our wish list" in which the campaigners list items they need, including tables, chairs, a PA system and food and water.
Around 20 campaigners could be found yesterday near a makeshift kitchen where donated food items are currently being kept.
They are using camping stoves to cook food in frying pans and sit around a table where they discuss why they feel what they are doing is important.
Sam Saidi, 28, a youth worker and artist from St Paul's, told the Evening Post that the types of people attending the protest have been diverse.
Sharing her tent are her housemates – a council maintenance worker and an IT technician who works for a multi-national corporation.
Ms Saidi said she was spending as much time as possible at the protest but still going to work.
She said that many of the protesters are doing the same.
"Most people arrived on Saturday and have been camping here ever since," she said.
"We want to show our solidarity with all the other 'Occupy' protests going on around the world.
"At the moment we are just taking each day as it comes but hope to stay here as long as possible.
"It has been very peaceful as far as the protesters are concerned although we have had passers-by shouting at us and on Sunday night a group of eight drunk young men tried to get into our tents.
"Twice a day we hold a general assembly, at 1pm and 6pm, where we discuss how things are going and why we are here – anyone can come and join in.
"We want to create an alternative society in which our civil liberties are not constantly infringed."
Another campaigner who just wanted to be known as James, 28, who teaches English as a foreign language, said he joined the protest because he felt excluded from the current political scene.
"During the last election I felt alienated," he said.
"I didn't feel connected in any way to any of the political parties. They all operate as corporations and I didn't see any difference between them."
A police spokesman told the Post that the protest had so far been peaceful, with no reports of incidents taking place.