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The dawn of Occupy Canberra

By Henry82 15 October 2011 40

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I decided to observe the Occupy Canberra Event, i’ve taken a few photos (and videos) and have written a little report. I am a little biased.

Please let me know if the above links don’t work, i’m happy to email them/upload them to ftp if you want to host them personally.

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Around 3:30 I rode to City Hill to get a few shots of the possibly “life changing” Facebook event, ‘Occupy Canberra’. I just arrived at the start of the march, which went up Northborne Ave, then down Alinga Street through to Garema Place. There seemed to be around 30 people ‘protesting’, holding a few Eureka and Aboriginal Flags. The group seemed to be lead by an Indigenous Australian man (with clap sticks), who walked out into traffic without looking, expecting everyone to follow, instead they waited for the light to change.

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There were two police cars doing the rounds, just following along from behind. A couple of drunks in Garema Place were yelling louder than the protestors. I rode around the hill to see who else was around, there seemed to be 2 people minding the gear for the group.

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I’ve attached some photos and videos, i apologise for the quality as i didn’t want to get too close. I couldn’t understand what was being yelled (and at times somewhat aggressively), so i felt it was better to stay away.

Will the world change from this protest? No. However I have learnt; if you want to camp on City Hill with your mates, start up a Facebook protest group.

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Jethro 2:04 pm 18 Oct 11

Funky1 said :

Now the suggestion is we follow the U.S. example and close our bank accounts and open credit union accounts. How is that going to make any difference here???

Well a worldwide run on the banks would be exciting, in a zombie apocalypse kinda way.

Funky1 1:45 pm 18 Oct 11

Now the suggestion is we follow the U.S. example and close our bank accounts and open credit union accounts. How is that going to make any difference here???

Thumper 12:25 pm 18 Oct 11

Henry82 said :

Thumper said :

Of course, if one were simply to walk up to this seemingly impregnable police line and say, ‘excuse me sir, but can I go home now’, they would beat you back into the cordon?

I gather you didn’t read any of the examples (and references) in the wiki article.

Yes I did. I found this bit interesting.

London Riots, 2011. Kettling might be in use during the 2011 England riots.

Wiki can be so useful.

From what I can see it is a legitimate attempt to ensure that there is minimal damage, violence and disruption by simply controlling the movement of a crowd.

In this case there is no point in containing the crowd as their objective is to stay there anyway?

And it’s not as if it’s comparable to G20 riots in any way.

Henry82 12:08 pm 18 Oct 11

Thumper said :

Of course, if one were simply to walk up to this seemingly impregnable police line and say, ‘excuse me sir, but can I go home now’, they would beat you back into the cordon?

I gather you didn’t read any of the examples (and references) in the wiki article.

Thumper 11:49 am 18 Oct 11

Henry82 said :

Thumper said :

So, the rozzers are actually keeping the protesters there? Of course..

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kettling

Of course, if one were simply to walk up to this seemingly impregnable police line and say, ‘excuse me sir, but can I go home now’, they would beat you back into the cordon?

Henry82 11:07 am 18 Oct 11

Thumper said :

So, the rozzers are actually keeping the protesters there? Of course..

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kettling

LootenPlunder 10:44 am 18 Oct 11

neanderthalsis said :

They look like your common garden variety professional activists. The usual mix of socialists, militant unionists, apologists and middle class university students with retroactive social guilt.

I really can’t sympathise with their aims or cause; our system works, we don’t have rank poverty or a substantial underclass. We have a welfare system that supports all who need it at a level which allows survival rather than luxury, our financial system isn’t on the brink of collapse, an economy that promotes entrepreneurship and we have a government that we can vote out every three years. In terms of the distribution of wealth, Australia fairs quite well on international rankings by the Gini Coefficient, so their arguments really are null and void.

Garema Place seems a good place for them, down with the chuggers, bums and emos, and if they keep it peaceful, don’t get in the way of the rest of us as we go about our business, more power to them.

+1

‘Nuff said.

Thumper 9:57 am 18 Oct 11

“They are queueing for the loo due to the fact that the police had been preventing anyone leaving a reletively small area for some hours

So, the rozzers are actually keeping the protesters there?

Of course.

They’re probably also forcing them to wear reeboks, use iPhones and laptops, drink Starbucks coffee and eat Macdonalds.

That’s sticking it up the man.

Henry82 9:24 am 18 Oct 11

Felix the Cat said :

Occupy London FAIL

“They are queueing for the loo due to the fact that the police had been preventing anyone leaving a reletively small area for some hours and it was either this or piss on St. Paul’s Cathedral (to the right just out of shot).” (straight from reddit)

Thumper 9:29 pm 17 Oct 11

norm said :

“First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.”

c’mon canberra can’t ye see the beauty of it, have we already forgotten that doctor in el-tahrir sq. ‘ enjoy you revolution ‘ sadness in his eyes, cynical optimism on his face. maybe it is time for an aussi spring, an occupation two, whatever. Maybe i jus need to get out and say hello to me neighbours. nothing amiss with a horses ass admitting the king has horses ears. We all live in the same world, content to let our betters do what they do best, yes they been screwing around with the lot of ye for years and we know it. oh we battlers got it good don’t rock the boat. buy louisiana lobsters (one commenter mentioned internet buying, good comment btw) tax the uranium now japan needs coal. tax the air we need breath. well enough i tell you ‘nuf… you know the rest.

Oh that is brilliant!

I have absolutely no idea what you are talking about but I guess that it’s a rant about the lack of quality education in this country.

norm 7:10 pm 17 Oct 11

“First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.”

c’mon canberra can’t ye see the beauty of it, have we already forgotten that doctor in el-tahrir sq. ‘ enjoy you revolution ‘ sadness in his eyes, cynical optimism on his face. maybe it is time for an aussi spring, an occupation two, whatever. Maybe i jus need to get out and say hello to me neighbours. nothing amiss with a horses ass admitting the king has horses ears. We all live in the same world, content to let our betters do what they do best, yes they been screwing around with the lot of ye for years and we know it. oh we battlers got it good don’t rock the boat. buy louisiana lobsters (one commenter mentioned internet buying, good comment btw) tax the uranium now japan needs coal. tax the air we need breath. well enough i tell you ‘nuf… you know the rest.

intaba 5:21 pm 17 Oct 11

ryza said :

Again, I support this whole Occupy movement. I did not attend the rally due to the fact that most people would ridicule it for being ‘piss-weak’.

Wait…what? This does not logic. You are worried that a protest/demonstration for a cause you support would be too small to be considered effective, so your solution is to make sure it stays small by not attending. I would think a defining feature of “Occupy” would be to, you know, occupy something.

Classified 3:47 pm 17 Oct 11

Stevian said :

It’s quite obvious your derision masks your fear

Fear of what?

Henry82 1:51 pm 17 Oct 11

Stevian said :

It’s quite obvious your derision masks your fear

I’m an internet tough guy.

Stevian 1:26 pm 17 Oct 11

It’s quite obvious your derision masks your fear

dungfungus 12:51 pm 17 Oct 11

breda said :

ABC Online is running a beatup story about how this ‘movement’ has spread to over 800 cities worldwide. This presumably includes the 30 people in Garema Place and a couple of hundred in Martin Place in Sydney, most of whom went home after less than a day.

Some ‘movement’. You’d get more people to a sausage sizzle outside the local Bunnings.

I’ve seen bigger “bowel movements” than this mob. Would have been a good opportunity to trot out the new government riot control water cannon and hose them down. Some of them look as if they could use a tub. Would help Actew’s cash flow also.

Solidarity 12:17 pm 17 Oct 11

Man poor people are annoying.

ryza 12:03 pm 17 Oct 11

Again, I support this whole Occupy movement. I did not attend the rally due to the fact that most people would ridicule it for being ‘piss-weak’.

Such a shame that the vast majority of people cannot see that Australia is not immune to the economic woes of the USA. We essentially use the same system albeit with a few more controls. I am fairly sure that the USA used to have these controls as well.

We are well on our way to a Plutocracy which would be a damned shame.

Capitalism does not promote ethical behaivour.

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