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Occupy Briefs and Upcoming Events

by Toronto Media Co-op

Hundreds of Occupy Halifax demonstrators temporarily retook Parade Square, the site of their camp, after being suddenly and violently evicted by police on Remembrance Day. There were at least 17 arrests in the eviction and subsequent reoccupation, and several people were injured. Occupiers remain uncertain about their next move, but have vowed to continue their actions.

The recent death of a woman at Occupy Vancouver was accidental, a city coroner has ruled. The report, which said the 23 year old died of an overdose of cocaine and heroin, comes amid ongoing legal battles between the city and the camp that have gone all the way to the BC Supreme Court.

On the verge of its one month anniversary, Occupy Montreal published the first issue of its official broadsheet on the Montreal Media Coop website. The broadsheet, called ‘99%’, has now been printed twice.

The heart of the Occupy movement was attacked in the early hours of November 15th, as Occupy Wall Street’s Zucotti Park encampment was raided by the NYPD. Millionaire New York mayor Bloomberg defended the eviction, claiming that the camp was a ‘threat to public health and safety’. City workers were filmed destroying much of the camp’s infrastructure; personal belongings, and the entire contents of the peoples library, were thrown into dumpsters.

Evictions and eviction threats have now been made against a number of Occupy encampments, including Oakland, Vancouver, Portland, London, Halifax, Montreal, Toronto and New York. 

In the U.S., the ‘Move your Money’ campaign, which encouraged occupy participants and supporters to transfer their money out of the financial institutions responsible for the financial crisis. Credit unions report that so far, more than $4.5 billion in savings have been transferred from big banks.

An international day of action was called for November 17th to mark the 2 month anniversary of the Occupy movement. N17 demonstrations occured in cities around the world, many coinciding with local anti-austerity struggles and student occupations of Universities.

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