Chris Hedges: What’s Next for the Occupy Movement?

with Chris Hedges
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Nov. 27, 2011

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It has been over two months since Adbusters, a Canadian magazine, sent out a call to protest the inequality of our financial system by physically occupying Zuccotti Park in lower Manhattan. With a rallying cry of “We are the 99 Percent,” protestors set up camp on September 17th to articulate the deep frustration felt by those who have been affected by an economic crisis manufactured by financial institutions. The protest has since expanded from that single gathering in New York’s financial district to a global movement which has seen over 1000 encampments. Claiming that the camps have created unsafe conditions, mayors across the country have scrambled to dismantle the tent cities, coordinating with local police forces, the FBI, and Homeland Security to plan raids. In the wake of a conference call between 18 city mayors, police have ramped up their efforts and disbanded over a dozen tent cities in the past two weeks, including the birthplace of the Occupy movement in Zuccotti Park. The police action on November 15th took place at 1am in order to avoid media coverage. Activists are still not allowed to set up camp in the park overnight. Meanwhile the LA Times is reporting that some members of Occupy Los Angeles have been informed that city officials want the encampment in front of City Hall dismantled by Monday November 28th. However, LAPD officials and city officials speaking to the Times were not able to confirm it.


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Chris Hedges spent two decades as a foreign reporter covering wars in Latin America, Africa, Europe and the Middle East. His latest books are Death of the Liberal Class, and The World as It Is: Dispatches on the Myth of Human Progress.

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7 thoughts on “Chris Hedges: What’s Next for the Occupy Movement?

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  4. There certainly are parallels to the end apartheid movement in South Afrrica. I’ve been reading a book of quotations from Nelson Mandela and was recently studying quotes that pertained to violence used against them as peaceful protestors and how the decision was made to retaliate with violence. As a peace activist, I abhor violence. But really, what do you do when your peaceful protests are met with brutality? This was also an issue in India, if anyone remembers that terrible scene from the movie Gandhi when the police attacked the protestors. I would appreciate other people’s thoughts on this issue. It’s a perplexing one. We’ve got to somehow muddle through the changes that need to be made to end the corruption. Didn’t Italy recently undergo a massive anti-corruption movement? That seems to have been done without violence. Perhaps the tactics need to change. Instead of public protests, the movement needs to move underground. I really don’t like seeing young people being hurt like this.

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