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Occupy Vancouver Draws 5,000 Downtown to Protest Greed

World  (tags: Vancouver, Canada, Occupy, Corporate Greed, Economy, Human Rights )

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They came, they built consensus for two hours, and then hit the streets to protest corporate greed and a host of other global problems. Occupy Vancouver served up a buffet of issues and complaints as about 5,000 of men, women and children . . .


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Lynn Squance (235)
Sunday October 16, 2011, 12:46 am
At 10 o'clock Saturday morning, people were already arriving at the park behind the Vancouver Art Gallery. There was organising of speakers and general organising that is needed for an event like this. As I listened on the radio, I could near a group of First Nations people chanting and beating their drums as part of the support for the movement.
I couldn't go down as I had my mother to attend to, however there has been no violence whatsoever so far which pleases everybody after the incorrectley named Stanley Cup riots last June. There are some camping tonight but it will be a cold night with temperatures expected to go to -2 Celsius (30 degrees F). I will provide further updates later as a comment to this post.

Cam V (417)
Sunday October 16, 2011, 1:01 am
According to our news here there was maybe 2000 in attendance. Daily papers are not posted on line yet so will have to take a look. But they ALL went home when it was over.

P A (117)
Sunday October 16, 2011, 2:52 am
Excellent article - thanks so much Lynn. Hooray for peaceful protesters against corporate greed.

Susan S (187)
Sunday October 16, 2011, 7:33 pm
Thanks for the post. It is interesting that this movement started in Vancouver (in the west).

Ellen m (215)
Monday October 17, 2011, 1:44 am

Lynn Squance (235)
Monday October 17, 2011, 1:49 am
Further Update
@ Cam V --- actually there were approximately 2 dozen tents that were erected at the site and about 4 dozen people, piled high with blankets and pillows, that stayed overnight in -2 Celsius temperatures. Many were back Sunday planning for the coming days. As reported on the local news, there was a first aid area, porta-potties, food tent, and a PA system. There were protesters providing security and police were present but no altercations. Everything was peaceful.

Stelizan L (258)
Monday October 17, 2011, 12:41 pm
May peace prevail!! Kudos to everyone who took part, you can be proud of yourselves for 'leading by example'!

Henriette Matthijssen (154)
Monday October 17, 2011, 5:53 pm
Regardless of where "Occupy" is happening, we are all in this together to win over our Rights & Freedom from corporate GREED elites. Way to go Vancouver, Canada. Thanks Lynn.

Robert S (111)
Monday October 17, 2011, 7:16 pm
Cam is obsessed with people going home. Cam seeks to diminish the movement any way he can. Cam hasn't got a clue. My hats off to Occupy Vancouver. Occupy Everywhere. OCCUPY TOGETHER

Lyssa C (20)
Monday October 17, 2011, 7:25 pm

Julie F (68)
Monday October 17, 2011, 7:29 pm

Past Member (0)
Monday October 17, 2011, 8:05 pm
With you heart and soul, Vancouver!

Kelly B. (0)
Monday October 17, 2011, 9:41 pm
Rift or Shift
Kelly ball

Fire burn and cauldron bubble
Hey!...Wall St. you’re in trouble
With the truth we’ll resonate
And smash your flimsy paltry gates
The meditation of our hearts
Will rip your lies from part to part

We all did this long ago
At the walls of Jericho
We will circle all around
And blow our horns till you fall down
It is we who are this land
And you will meet the earth’s demand

We will know and understand
Realization of this command
A world of haves and have nots
A world of slaves and robots
Where our souls are sold and bought
Is a world that happens…not

We intend to burn your ears
And pierce your soul until you hear
No more psycho warring tyrants
And their bankster lying pirates
No more making dollar bills
From the numbers that you kill

You grey suits that slither by
Don’t you think you catch our eye
You look askance at ground or sky
Your furrowed brows betray your lies
Don’t you know the truth slips in
Illuminates your hidden sins

And your crimes against the people
From sanctimonious perverted steeples
We’ll track you down to where you live
And pound our drums till you give in
And in day… or by stealth
We’ll place - roadblocks - to your wealth

We shall never let it be
That you steal and you walk free
We will change your attitude
Or chomp you up like you were food
We would rather mend the rift
And have you join us in the shift

All the money that you make
You will not accumulate
The only law is circulate
Stars and planets all rotate
One for all and all for one
The only way that Heaven’s won



Past Member (0)
Tuesday October 18, 2011, 4:45 am
The people of the Earth rise up to protest the death of all that is good.

Carol H (229)
Tuesday October 18, 2011, 4:51 am
noted, thanks lynn

Douglas S (1)
Tuesday October 18, 2011, 6:46 am
Noted and thanks

Gloria H (88)
Tuesday October 18, 2011, 5:17 pm
Yes Cam, they all went home. How the hell do you know for sure everyone has a home in the first place? More than ten people showed up. More than a hundred. More than a thousand. So what you say. Good to know you more impressed with numbers than looking at the crowd. I see people willing to get off their asses, go out the door and make a public statement, while you hide in your burrow and make cynical statements in the dark.

Bonnie B (103)
Tuesday October 18, 2011, 7:16 pm
Yay, Vancouver! Yes! Occupy Everywhere! Cam, numbers are consistently under reported by the news, as far as I can tell they usually cut the real numbers in half or even more. In San Diego on the kick off day the news reported 1500, but for the march I think we numbered more like 4,000. We've been having the same trouble NYC has had with the taking away of tents and the mayor finding every ordinance he can to divide and weaken the Occupiers.
If you would like to help San Diego Occupiers go to the following site and find out how. We stopped Bloomberg from evicting the OWS from Zuccotti Park by calling and emailing, maybe we can do the same in San Diego and other cities where OWS is being harassed.

Robert S (111)
Tuesday October 18, 2011, 7:30 pm
Tonight at OWS the 99 percent song is born, I meet the Rev. J. Jackson after he speaks, and Verizon Union Reps speak in solidarity with our cause.

On the way to Liberty Park

99 percent song is born and Rev J. Jackson speaks

R. J. Jackson speaks 2

Verizon Union Reps speak

Colleen L (3)
Tuesday October 18, 2011, 9:46 pm
More power to them all. I hope all of the banks and other financial creedy people get the message that we the people aren't going to give in to their crap. Thanks Lynn

Ralph F (68)
Tuesday October 18, 2011, 9:49 pm
Good stuff. Should have started 25 years ago, but better late than never.

Claudia O (73)
Wednesday October 19, 2011, 7:02 am
"Businesses were assured that they would be protected by police"....see right there...that is a bit part of the problem.

KS Goh (0)
Friday October 21, 2011, 7:14 am
Thanks for the article.

Lynn Squance (235)
Saturday October 22, 2011, 11:57 pm
22/10/11 A quick update for Occupy Vancouver — 75 year old environmentalist David Suzuki was at OV today speaking to the crowd. I’ll provide more on the content later. Some members of city council are trying to have the protesters removed because they find the ‘camp’ unsightly. Of course it has been raining (what else in Vancoouver!) so the ground is muddy and with the added foot traffic, people are embracing hip waders. A constitutional law professor has told council that they can’t do it as the protesters are on provincial crown land and also, to remove them would go against the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Policing is estimated at $500,000 for this first week. To my understanding, there have been no violence.

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