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Matthew, 60, a speaker on Christianity, gestures on a stepladder at Speakers' Corner in Hyde Park, London, Britain May 3, 2015. "Through most of my Christian life, God's been giving me messages," said Matthew, an engineer. "In May 2009, he said to me to go and prophesy that there is fine dust coming across this nation and aeroplanes will not be able to take off and land. A year later, the ash cloud, the Icelandic ash cloud arrived." 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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