#OccupyDemocracy activists reoccupy Parliament Square (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

#OccupyDemocracy activists reoccupy Parliament Square (PHOTOS, VIDEO)
A group of Occupy Democracy activists staged an occupation of Parliament Square in London for the third time calling for “genuine democracy free from corporate influence.”

The activists planned a 24-hour-long demonstration that is to last until Sunday morning. They are calling on the government to do more to bring an end to escalating homelessness and poverty in the UK.

Police have encircled some of the peaceful protesters as they hold a discussion, and Twitter users have reported protester arrests.

Officers claim that protesters broke a cable tie and behaved aggressively.

In October, police arrested some 40 people in the course of weeklong Occupy Democracy protests outside the Parliament.

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Reports surfaced the press was temporarily not allowed into the protest area.

Earlier, protesters gathered for a variety of broad causes.

Some performed a “Fossil Free” nativity play at the square, condemning the use of fossil fuels.

While others discussed the need to protect social housing and stood up against austerity measures.

In November, the largest student protest in London in years turned violent as police and protesters clashed. Students were demonstrating against steep tuition hikes.

READ MORE: London student protests turn violent, arrests made (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

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