Police and bailiffs have removed tents and evicted campaigners from the Occupy London camp outside St Paul's Cathedral. The removal began at 1 a.m. GMT on Tuesday morning.

The Occupy encampment, which consisted of approximately 150 tents, was first set up on 15 October. A BBC report states Occupy London was refused permission, last week, to appeal a High Court verdict supporting their eviction. The same report also states the eviction was largely peaceful, despite 20 arrests.

"It's not the beginning of the end, it's the end of the beginning. My personal concern is that we don't allow the drama of this event to eclipse the huge and important issues that we in this country and billions across the world are increasingly facing. And I have no doubt that as the economic situation gets worse in the coming years, more and more people will be joining this movement," the BBC has quoted George Barda, one of the protesters as saying.

Some of the other protesters were heard shouting: "Shame on you" to the policemen, while another was quoted as saying: "We are the 99 percent", in a report by the Financial Times.

The London Corporation was quoted as saying it "regretted" the evacuation of protesters had become necessary, according to the BBC.

Meanwhile, Twitter was filled with messages about the eviction...

Symon Hill ‏ @SymonHill

"St Paul's Cathedral have behaved shamefully. They've allowed police to drag away people peacefully praying on their steps."

Lynette Chiang ‏ @galfromdownunda

"Occupy London at St Paul's Cathedral made my Spot Challenge seem utterly frivolous."

Nick Garnett ‏ @nicholasgarnett

"occupy london evictions underway at st paul's cathedral. eye witness says he can't see any bailiffs yet. he says hundreds of police there"

Also check out photographs from the eviction

Corporation of London workers remove tents and other structures from the square in front of St Paul's Cathedral, where anti-capitalist protesters have been camped since November.PA
Corporation of London workers remove tents and other structures from the square in front of St Paul's Cathedral, where anti-capitalist protesters have been camped since November.PA
Corporation of London workers remove tents and other structures from the square in front of St Paul's Cathedral, where anti-capitalist protesters have been camped since November.PA
Riot police detain a protester during the eviction of the Occupy encampment outside St Paul's Cathedral in LondonReuters
A protester meditates in front of a statue of Buddha as bailiffs dismantle the frame of his tent behind him during the eviction of the Occupy encampment outside St Paul's Cathedral in LondonReuters
A protester is detained by the riot police after being removed by bailiffs from the last remaining structure of the Occupy encampment outside St Paul's Cathedral in LondonReuters