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Speaker Tony Allen, who is a writer and a comedian, stands on a stepladder at Speakers' Corner in Hyde Park, London, Britain June 7, 2015. "I am basically an anarchist who talks about various things from an anarchist perspective, really," said Allen, a British speaker and heckler since 1978. "The popular idea is that there's all these religious people, but actually they’re talking about politics as well if you care to listen to them." At Speakers' Corner in the northeast corner of Hyde Park in London, near the bustle of Oxford Street, anyone has the right to turn up every Sunday and talk about whatever is dear to their heart. Some call it the home of free speech: previous orators included famous figures Vladimir Lenin, Karl Marx and George Orwell. Today the atmosphere is hectic and unpredictable, with people from all backgrounds perching on boxes or stepladders to declaim on subjects from philosophy to religion, monsters or potatoes. Hecklers interrupt, adding to the chaotic feel of a place that draws visitors from far and wide. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth
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