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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.

What’s Your opinion?


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The dawn of Occupy Canberra
I-filed 4:48 pm 16 Oct 11

Those thirty people should do some volunteering together for a worthy cause. They could deliver meals on wheels, or walk dogs at the RSPCA.

bigfeet 4:21 pm 16 Oct 11

BUT WAIT… That’s not all folks. According to their facebook site they are already planning a meeting to “prioritize and define our goals”. Then they will be back for “Occupy #2.”

Better stock up on essentials, it could be a long protest season.

From Facebook: “We currently have a list of the people who attended Occupy Canberra today, we are going to plan a meeting where we can sit down prioritize and define our goals. Then we will come back for Occupy # 2 even stronger and focused. Keep up to date with this page and we will inform you of when this happens. I also want to thank the AFP, who didn’t have to do any arrests today and their friendly attitude towards our cause. Thanks guys”

breda 3:52 pm 16 Oct 11

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.

neanderthalsis 3:20 pm 16 Oct 11

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.

Henry82 2:59 pm 16 Oct 11

TriviumUser said :

They could not “occupy” as the police said they could not camp there

When i wrote the article i assumed the sleepover was still going to happen. I don’t have a crystal ball.

TriviumUser said :

“i didn’t want to get too close” dear sir you seem quite the coward and very biased journalist!

Quite the coward? I’m not going to walk into a crowd of demonstrators which i can’t understand what they’re yelling from 15 meters away. I was out for some exercise, not extensive BBC journalism.

I declared i’m a little biased at the start, as i wasn’t expecting much from the disorganised effort on facebook. The group didn’t have any clear goal (until the day), and had all arguments shot down both here and on FB before the event. Don’t blame me for your botched protest.

chris820 2:28 pm 16 Oct 11

So what percentage of the 99% do they represent?

Thumper said :

Did you actually work out what it was you were protesting about?

Something something something big corporations. Something something corrupt governments.

milkman 2:28 pm 16 Oct 11

TriviumUser said :

“a little biased” Interesting choice of words friend.
I also went to see what was cooking on the hill, the people there were all united in that:
1, our “system” is sick something must be done (that is what they are striving to do together).
2, corporate greed is bad for our planet and all who live on it now and in the future.
They could not “occupy” as the police said they could not camp there, they were 100% peaceful.
I didn’t stay away from the group when they walked in the city and I joined in with the chants,
we said in unison “human need not corporate greed” and “we are the 99%” it was fun.
“i didn’t want to get too close” dear sir you seem quite the coward and very biased journalist!

So what exactly are you proposing? I hear lots of generalities, but not many concrete ideas.

TriviumUser 2:14 pm 16 Oct 11

“a little biased” Interesting choice of words friend.
I also went to see what was cooking on the hill, the people there were all united in that:
1, our “system” is sick something must be done (that is what they are striving to do together).
2, corporate greed is bad for our planet and all who live on it now and in the future.
They could not “occupy” as the police said they could not camp there, they were 100% peaceful.
I didn’t stay away from the group when they walked in the city and I joined in with the chants,
we said in unison “human need not corporate greed” and “we are the 99%” it was fun.
“i didn’t want to get too close” dear sir you seem quite the coward and very biased journalist!

kincuri 10:44 am 16 Oct 11

The occupation of no consequence?

Waiting For Godot 9:28 am 16 Oct 11

What do we want? Blowed if we know. When do we want it? Now!

Henry82 7:28 am 16 Oct 11

Thumper said :

Did you actually work out what it was you were protesting about?

At me? I went to observe, not protest. Nope, I’m not sure what they were protesting about.

Thumper 11:00 pm 15 Oct 11

Did you actually work out what it was you were protesting about?

PantsMan 10:30 pm 15 Oct 11

I think getting 30 people in Garema Place on a Saturday is a bit of an achievement.

troll-sniffer 9:21 pm 15 Oct 11

I be shiverin’ in my booties with fear at the power this movement is able to generate. My advice? Get out of Canberra while you can, these guys not only mean business, they will rent the very fabric of our wonderful city apart.

(They just have to get a little bigger, admittedly.)

milkman 8:17 pm 15 Oct 11

It would that this story being tagged as ‘piss weak’ is entirely appropriate.

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