Wednesday, November 16, 2011
The Occupy Movement:When Repression Backfires
All over North America the assault on the Occupy campsites continues. From New York City, to Regina, to Vancouver.
And in Toronto the Con tool Tasha Kheiriddin, can barely contain herself.
The Occupy movement has had two months to develop a coherent message, engage broad public sympathy, or begin its transition to a political movement. It has done none of the above, remaining instead an incoherent voice grating on the nerves of the very 99% it claims to represent. It targets big business, but hurts small business; it claims a right to public spaces, but sees fit to trash them; it claims to want to influence politics, but has not morphed into the “Tea Party of the left” many expected it to become. Sorry, Occupiers, but the mayors are right. It is time to pack up the tents.
Too stupid to realize that by demolishing the camps the corporate porkers are only doing us a favour.
For Canada’s Occupy movement, summary eviction from public parks is a blessing in disguise.
City administrations in places like Toronto, Halifax and Vancouver are inadvertently handing demonstrators something they desperately need — a way to honourably end stage one of their protest and build on it something more pointed.
Too Con to realize that repressing the movement will only strengthen it, and provide us with more martyrs like this one...
An 84-year-old woman pepper sprayed in Seattle.
Too brainwashed to understand that as the capitalist system bleeds like a stuck pig the movement can only grow bigger and bigger. The writing is on the wall. In Britain, in Canada, all over the world.
The camps will be destroyed. But they have served their purpose. Given birth to a movement that will rock the planet to its foundations, in order to save it.
We will move on and turn the movement into a massive instrument of political power.
But we will never forget or abandon the humble occupiers who served as its midwives...
Photo Darren Calabrese/National Post
And from Vancouver to London to Regina to New York City we will REMEMBER...
Yup. As I keep saying. You can destroy a campsite. You can arrest the Occupiers, or beat them, or worse.
But you can't arrest an idea, or kill a movement, whose time has finally come...