Occupy Sydney - rally
-> Re-Occupy Sydney rally and march, meet at 12pm Saturday 5 November, at Town Hall square.
A global movement is growing. From Egypt to Spain, from Greece to the United States, hundreds of thousands of everyday people are occupying. Occupy Sydney began on 15 October, with hundreds of people reclaiming Martin Place. Flanked by the imposing towers of the financial and political elites, where a handful of people make decisions which affect the whole society, a new democratic space was established.
Occupy Sydney created a non-hierarchical forum for open debate, where people began to have discussions and make decisions about things which affect our lives and communities. The occupy movement democratises the dominated and elitist spaces in our cities. Even if it is partly symbolic, it is immensely dangerous to the status quo. And although the structures of participation are in their early stages, this is still an extremely significant project - a playground of anarchism and democracy.
For the first time in years, the occupy movement has legitimised an anti-capitalist discourse - usually submerged in society and stifled by the media.
At Occupy Sydney, people developed relationships based on mutual respect, and voiced our shared outrage at the greed and illegitimate power of the 1% who rule us. People from diverse walks of life visited the occupation, painted signs, donated food and participated. Between 50 and 100 people stayed overnight for 8 nights.
In the early hours of Sunday 23 October, the police forcefully evicted Occupy Sydney from Martin Place. It was a clear reminder that State repression goes hand in hand with capitalism. Police took action to recapture the space for elites - symbolically and physically.
But within hours, an emergency meeting was organised, attended by over 200 people. And we made the decision to re-occupy. Occupy Sydney continues.
Who are we? We are the workers; we are the indebted; we are the immigrants and the indigenous; we are the homeless; we are the students; we are the unemployed; we are the under represented people of the world. We are the 99%.
And we invite you to join us.
At 12 midday on Saturday 5 November we will meet at meet at Town Hall and march to re-occupy. The Occupation is not over. It has only just begun.