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How St Paul's demo dispute unfolded
Anti-capitalist protesters pitched their tents outside St Paul's Cathedral more than two weeks ago and are refusing to move despite the threat of legal action hanging over them. Here's how the dispute unfolded:
October 15 - Anti-capitalist protests that started with the Occupy Wall Street movement spread to London. Thousands of people descend on the area around the London Stock Exchange in a bid to replicate the huge demonstrations in New York. As night falls, they announce their intention to set up a campsite in St Paul's Churchyard, putting up tents and portable toilets on one side of the square.
October 16 - Between 200 and 300 protesters spend their second night camped in the grounds of St Paul's Cathedral.
October 21 - The cathedral is forced to close its doors to the public for the first time since the Second World War amid fears the demonstration poses a risk to health and safety. The Dean of St Paul's, the Rev Graeme Knowles, says the decision to close the cathedral was made with "heavy hearts".
October 22 - Natasha Ighodaro and Nick Cunningham marry at the cathedral against the backdrop of dozens of tents and a banner reading "capitalism is crisis". However, thousands of worshippers and visitors are turned away as the anti-capitalist protesters refuse to move from its famous steps. A second camp is set up in Finsbury Square, Islington, less than a mile from the London landmark, with an estimated 300 people moving to the new site.
October 25 - Protesters camped outside St Paul's Cathedral admit some of them are going home at night to get ready for work and look after their families. Robin Smith, a 48-year-old former Conservative councillor for Wokingham Town Council, says he is one of many part-time protesters at the camp.
October 26 - The Bishop of London steps into the row, saying it is "time for the protesters to leave".
October 27 - The chancellor of St Paul's Cathedral resigns from his post. Canon Dr Giles Fraser fears plans to evict the protesters could lead to violence.
October 28 - The City of London Corporation says it will take legal action to evict protesters. The announcement comes as the doors of the cathedral reopen to the public. David Cameron also pledges to look at the broader issue of demonstrators pitching tents almost anywhere they please.
October 31 - The Dean of St Paul's resigns as the anti-capitalist protest outside the cathedral claims its second victim.
November 1 - The City of London Corporation, which was poised to hand a letter to the protesters warning them they had 48 hours to clear the site or face High Court proceedings, announces a "pause" in its legal action. St Paul's Canon Pastor the Right Reverend Michael Colclough says suspending the legal bid was "the right way to go".