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Occupy Edmonton: The Movement Spreads

Occupy Edmonton: The Movement Spreads


The Occupy movement spread to Canada Friday with rallies, marches and activists pitching tents in public spaces in major cities across the country. The province of Alberta saw protests in Calgary and its capital Edmonton.

Organizers of Occupy Edmonton estimate that 2,000 people converged on Churchill Square at noon for a rally and marched around the city’s downtown center. Protesters of all ages marched peacefully, waving signs and chanting “We are the 99%.”

After the rally, organizers led a couple hundred protesters to a nearby park on Jasper Avenue. Here they led discussions aimed at defining their message and goals, and allowed participants to give heartfelt speeches outlining frustrations and hopes for a better world to grow out of this and other occupy movements being held around the world. Although Occupy Wall Street was mentioned, participants and organizers were clear about the need for Occupy Edmonton to focus on provincial issues like the tar sands, environment, education and health care.

The group’s most immediate goal, however, was setting up camp and occupying the park until Monday morning at least. Not a small task. Organizers warned those planning to pitch tents that they could find themselves simply evicted, or worse, before morning, but between 50 and 60 people stayed overnight without incident. The group is in talks with the police and Melcor, who owns the park, about how long they might be allowed to continue the protest. Melcor’s current position is that the Occupiers are to vacate by 10:30 A.M. on October 18th.

Protesters met again Sunday at noon in the park, which is located at Jasper Avenue and 102nd Street, to continue discussions about goals and future plans with the most immediate needs of those occupying the city space are blankets, food, water and sanitation. Discussions follow the same pattern of consensus building that has become a hallmark of other Occupy events: consensus building and hand signals.

More information about meetings and a list of the campers needs can be found on the Occupy Edmonton website or their Facebook page.


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7:40PM PDT on Nov 1, 2011

I'd like to see more petitioning for regress of greivences.

6:57AM PDT on Oct 21, 2011

Thanks for the article.

11:26PM PDT on Oct 18, 2011

The movement crosses all borders now. Hope they can keep up the momentum over the winter.

6:11PM PDT on Oct 18, 2011

Wow, it's going to be worldwide.

1:27PM PDT on Oct 18, 2011

Someone needs to brush up on their knowledge of Italy. Italy has had troubles with Anarchists for years who try to disrupt and destroy. The Occupy Movement in Italy did not include the Anarchists. The Anarchists tried to disrupt the peaceful demonstrations, they were not part of the movement. So get your facts straight before you make ignorant statements.

11:08AM PDT on Oct 18, 2011

good chance to get the Great White North's conservatives sweating

4:40AM PDT on Oct 18, 2011

yess we can!!to hell with repb and wallstreet,vote democrats,vote obama,free obama from the hands of dammed repb

1:21PM PDT on Oct 17, 2011

Paul cut the crap. What people do in Rome is Rome's business. Everything has been on this side of the pond. So I am sure they will not be championing anything like that here.

12:28PM PDT on Oct 17, 2011

Paul, the article appears to be about the U.S./Canadian Occupy Together movement. So, unless you're talking about Rome, Georgia, I don't really see the point. Anyway, the anti-austerity movement (Insurgentes, etc.) began many months before OWS. OWS/Occupy Together is in no way responsible. One could, however, argue that the globalist corporatists are responsible for both movements and also for a lot more violence to ordinary people's lives and to the environment than a couple burned cars and a lot of broken glass. As to OWS/Occupy Together, the only proven violence of which I'm aware so far has been committed by NYPD.

12:05PM PDT on Oct 17, 2011

I am NOT surprised there is no mention of the OWS in Rome where the rioters have broken windows at businesses and set two cars on fire as part of their protest.

Hopefully that type of action will be criticized by those pushing this movement... or is it that they approve of this type action?!?!

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