LONDON-- Standing outside St. Paul’s Cathedral in central London on Friday, a cluster of Occupy London protesters looked in dire need of a coffee.
“I stayed up all night in case they came,” said one protester, who only gave his name as Arthur.
He was referring to the bailiffs who are set to evict the multi-colored tent city that has been nestled for the last four months next to the iconic church where Lady Diana wed Prince Charles.
Occupy London’s eviction appeal was dismissed earlier this week, meaning the City of London Corporation, which, along with the church, jointly owns the land, is free to oust the protesters.
On Friday, the site still looked very occupied. About 100 tents were pitched around the church and music from an over-enthusiastic tambourine player filled the air.
But the camp is a shell of what it was when it attracted the likes of Radiohead’s Thom Yorke and fashion designer Vivienne Westwood. The kitchen, library and “information tent” are gone because, protesters say, they don’t want them destroyed in the eviction, which several said they expect this weekend.
Many protesters have either gone home or relocated to the two other main Occupy hubs in London, Finsbury Square and the “School of Ideas” site, both within walking distance of St. Paul’s.
“There is the camp, and then there is the movement, which is still going strong," said Ronan McNern, 36, a protester and spokesman for Occupy London.
McNern said some of their upcoming projects included a record to be released next month with tracks from Ani DiFranco and Billy Bragg; a 134-mile walk through London; and a school outreach program -- more than 30 schools have approached Occupy London about doing workshops, he said.
And St. Paul's won't be rid entirely of the protesters: they plan to return on Saturday afternoons to host their generally assembly.