Anti-capitalist protesters set up camp in Leeds city centre

Protestors set up camp in City Square, Leeds.
Protestors set up camp in City Square, Leeds.
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Anti-capitalist protesters have set up camp in City Square as part of the Occupy Leeds anti-capitalist movement.

A group of around 30 people occupied the square in front of the Queens Hotel from 11am to express their concerns over the government’s handling of the economy.

People from various walks of life gathered to discuss their personal worries regarding spending cuts and the lack of support from their local politicians.

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The protestors put up four tents, attaching guy ropes to wooden crates they’d brought with them.

Ryan Preston, 19, unemployed, from Leeds, said there was a sense of injustice throughout society and things “had to change”.

He told the YEP: “The government say we have to pay for this mess and they think we have to put up with it.

“I want a job but am struggling to find one, I find it degrading to live off my mum and dad.”

University of Leeds student Rhianna, 22, who did not want to give her surname, said: “A lot of people feel their not represented by the government so by getting together we can express how we feel stronger.”

Mother of two, Sheryl , 46, from Leeds, who also would not give her surname, said that she felt let down by her local MP but she has found her voice again and wants to encourage other people to do the same.

She added: “I could do a better job than him. We want more people to join up, you’re not alone.”

The protestors said they did not know when they would leave the area.

Tony Burdin, chief executive of Sheffield Mutual Friendly Society

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