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Public sector pension protest

  • Want to know how many times Government ministers and officials have met with unions for pensions negotiations? #strike
  • Fantastic turnout on Nottingham today, thousands involved, public clapping in support, quite humbling to see people power in action #N30
  • An update from our reporter Kevin Rawlinson. "Occupy London demonstrators are trying to get into Panton House"
    11/30/2011 3:43:38 PM
  • Panton House is on Haymarket, a short walk from Piccadilly Circus / Leicester Square / Pall Mall.
    11/30/2011 3:45:38 PM
  • Here's a link to the location of the attempted occupation.
    11/30/2011 3:48:25 PM
  • Panton House image from @danhancox

    11/30/2011 3:48:44 PM
  • There will be another live broadcast from our operations room around 4.20pm http// #n30 #nov30 #strike
  • Panton House appears to be the UK HQ of Sonatrach Petroleum - an Algerian government-owned oil and gas company
    11/30/2011 3:51:34 PM
  • Police have blocked off all exits but I saw them letting some leave. Now some fighting with police to get out. #OccuppyLSX #nov30 #N30
  • A live image from Panton House taken by our reporter Kevin Rawlinson

    11/30/2011 3:53:59 PM
  • Rumours of red flare set off at Panton house #OccupyLSX #n30
  • @EmilyJupp confirmed. There's a kettle in place now.
  • All messages of support & updates received throughout the day chronicling #n30 found here - thanks to all that texted
  • Updated figures: As of 1530 62% of the 21,476 state-funded schools in England were closed, 14% partially open, 16% fully open, 8% unknown.
  • Police appear to have cleared the roof of Panton House
    11/30/2011 4:00:58 PM
  • The group are believed to be led by UK Uncut
    11/30/2011 4:01:45 PM
  • Crowd has spotted two people it thinks are undercover. I've just watched them walk away, through police lines. #N30 #nov30 #OccuppyLSX
  • Police have blocked off all exits but I saw them letting some leave. Now some fighting with police to get out. #OccuppyLSX #nov30 #N30
  • Police have sealed off the area around Panton Street and marched through the 200-300 protesters, to shouts of "Shame on you". Protesters are being "kettled" in the area outside Panton House.
    11/30/2011 4:06:15 PM
  • Here's the link to the location of the attempted occupation at Panton House again:
    11/30/2011 4:07:46 PM
  • There is a S.60 & 60AA in Westminster (south of Oxford St) until 2200. For further info visit: #nov30 #n30 #strike
  • Lines of police vans down Haymarket #occupylsx #N30

    11/30/2011 4:10:04 PM
  • Video tweeted by @n30news1 outside Panton House

    11/30/2011 4:14:11 PM
  • Banner unveiled near Haymarket reading "You Get £18,426,104. We Get Austerity."
    11/30/2011 4:14:39 PM
  • Banner outside Panton House, occupied by protesters. #n30 #occupy

    11/30/2011 4:16:03 PM
  • As well as Sonatrach Petroleum - Panton House is home to the mining company Xstrata whose Chief Executive, protesters claim, is paid in excess of £18 million a year.
    11/30/2011 4:19:55 PM
  • OccupyLSX have just tweeted a link to this statement
    11/30/2011 4:20:55 PM
  • Occupy London has issued a statement on its website about the Panton Street protest. The statement says: "About 60 protestors gained entry into the offices of mining company Xstrata, a ‘leading light’ of the FTSE 100 and British industry to highlight the fact that CEO Mick Davies was the highest compensated CEO of all the FTSE 100 companies in the last year, when his companies had losses and the economy collapsed. He received £18,426,105 for his efforts."
    11/30/2011 4:21:44 PM
  • Occupy London: "This comes in a year when the average pay rise of executives across FTSE 100 companies was 43%, with ‘top’ directors at 49%. "
    11/30/2011 4:23:21 PM
  • Occupy London: "Led by a samba band to the building from Piccadilly Circus, the protesters entered the HQ at 25-7 Haymarket, London, with the protesters chanting against the corporate greed of Mick and other executives, in support of all those striking for fair pensions for all today. The protestors also unfurled a banner saying “All power to the 99%” from the roof top."
    11/30/2011 4:25:12 PM
  • A scarfed protester brandishes a flare prior to the occupation of Panton House (AFP)

    11/30/2011 4:25:21 PM
  • Away from the Panton Street protest, London Ambulance Service is saying it is under "increased pressure", with 30% more 999 calls today than normal. 42% of its staff are on strike today.
    11/30/2011 4:27:02 PM
  • A containment is in place on Panton Street as some protestors have entered the building, arrests are being made #n30 #nov30 #strike
  • Police cordon all along Haymarket after protesters storm roof of Panton House.
    11/30/2011 4:36:11 PM
  • Sky News now showing a line of police in front of Panton House.
    11/30/2011 4:38:11 PM
  • Image of the protests, tweeted by @HeardinLondon

    11/30/2011 4:38:42 PM
  • Police guard the entrance to Panton House (AFP/Getty Images)

    11/30/2011 4:39:37 PM
  • Reporters speaking to cameras directly outside Panton House suggesting bulk of protesters have been moved further along the street. It is unclear if any protesters remain inside the building.
    11/30/2011 4:40:09 PM
  • Police have wheeled in a digital message board which reads 'we fear an imminent breach of the peace'. #OccuppyLSX #N30 #nov30
  • Our reporter Kevin Rawlinson has got a video of a man in plain clothes admitting to the Panton Street protesters that he is a police officer. It will uploaded here soon.
    11/30/2011 4:44:51 PM
  • Police arrest an Occupy London protestor on the roof of Panton House (Reuters)

    11/30/2011 4:46:03 PM
  • Update from the Met's Operations Room with Cmdr Bray talking about the containment in Central London: #n30 #nov30
  • Away from the Panton Street protest for a moment; civil service union Prospect has said action by 26,000 of its members alone disrupted or stopped work at more than 400 locations, ranging from Ministry of Defence sites to prisons.
    11/30/2011 4:50:40 PM
  • Len McCluskey, leader of Unite, said the rally showed the depth of anger among public sector workers, adding: "The Prime Minister is completely out of touch. I have been to 12 picket lines and there has been a fantastic response both from workers and the general public.
    11/30/2011 4:51:10 PM
  • University and College Union leader Sally Hunt, referring to Prime Minister David Cameron's comments that the strikes were a 'damp squib', said: "Cheap potshots add nothing to what should be a serious debate about millions of people's futures, and just expose how out of touch the Prime Minister really is."
    11/30/2011 4:52:09 PM
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