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Speaker Patrick McEvoy (L), 41, speaks as a man cycles by the Speakers' Corner in Hyde Park, London, Britain May 3, 2015. "My first speech was about China's industrialisation at the expense of the working class of the developed world. I wrote it down on three sheets of paper and read it out," said McEvoy, a carpenter who lost his job during the 2008 financial crisis. "I was just amazed at the kind of feedback I got. …I found it very liberating." 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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