Discussion in 'The Fire For Effect and Totally Politically Incorr' started by jack404, Oct 16, 2011.

  1. jack404

    jack404 Former Guest

    Jan 11, 2010

    They arrived with fire in their bellies, revolution in their hearts and bags of instant noodles.

    But it seems a couple of nights sleeping rough in Sydney's Martin Place has been enough for most of the Occupy Sydney protesters, whose campaign is fizzling out after less than 48 hours.

    "Our numbers are a lot less than yesterday and that has an effect on people," spokesman Mark Goudkamp told AAP on Sunday.

    Hundreds massed outside the Reserve Bank of Australia on Saturday, inspired by the Occupy Wall Street movement opposing corporate excess in the United States, and vowing to occupy the city's banking district "indefinitely".

    But by Sunday afternoon numbers had declined and Mr Goudkamp admitted many simply had to go back to their day jobs on Monday.

    "I'm one case in point of that and many others are in the same boat," he said.

    "I think we have to be realistic ... it's going to become largely a symbolic kind of presence rather than a mass presence.

    "And those of us who are working or have family commitments ... we'll basically be coming down when we can."

    The Sydney protest was mirrored in capital cities across Australia, with relatively large turnouts reported in Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide, among others.

    Similar Occupy protests were staged around the world, with violent scenes in Italy.

    In London, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange addressed a crowd of thousands.

    But unlike in Europe, where many countries are doing it tough, organisers of the Australian demos admit things aren't as bad here.

    "We don't have the depth of crisis here in Australia," Mr Goudkamp said.

    "There's more desperation (in Europe).

    "A lot of people here have jobs and they're acting out of solidarity with people who are worse off than themselves."

    The Sydney protesters also suffered a setback on Saturday night when police removed some of their camping gear.

    As night fell police moved among the group, removing tents, mattresses and other gear.

    "We'll still stay but we'll be more uncomfortable," campaign organiser Josh Lees told AAP on Sunday morning.

    "A bunch of stuff was just taken.

    "Police moved in without any notice, no discussion ... and just started grabbing stuff and throwing it into a truck which they then drove off."

    A police spokesman said the group had been well behaved, but said they weren't allowed to camp in Martin Place.

    Nonetheless, the protesters' site was still relatively well stocked on Sunday, with a communal supply of food, water and bedding.

    And about $1000 had been raised through donations from sympathetic unions and members of the public.

    There were also several arrests made at the Sydney demo, including one man in his twenties who'd chained himself to a rubbish truck.

    Mr Goudkamp said that if any protesters remained on Monday morning there was talk of moving the group down to the Australian Securities Exchange on Bridge Street.

    The group was due to hold a meeting to discuss tactics at about 6.30pm (AEDT).


    mark goudcamp is the socialist mutt who organised the Pro burqa anacists at the burqa mural here at the start of the year , i got the footage that got him locked up and charged , but he did a plea deal and he's still teaching high school kids this crap...
    Last edited: Oct 16, 2011
  2. Double D

    Double D Administrator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jul 16, 2009
    North Florida
    Like I said, they moved too early. They will have to regroup closer to election time.

  3. jack404

    jack404 Former Guest

    Jan 11, 2010
    the cops taking all the sleeping bags and grabbing or fining them for lighting up joints or littering , these idiots wont last even then , yeah they'll get all the hard cores out and that'll be a few hundred , same old faces .. but trying to look like a hundred groups , its pretty pitiful except they do get a lot of press ..
  4. ofitg

    ofitg Active Member

    Feb 25, 2010
    It's been reported that leftist groups are paying the protestors here in the U.S. a few hundred dollars per week.

    Perhaps the demonstrations in Australia were not so well organized and financed?
  5. jack404

    jack404 Former Guest

    Jan 11, 2010
    they got money , but the organisers will pocket that , they are all poor public servants .. ( employed in government jobs )
  6. dons2346

    dons2346 Well-Known Member

    By having bailouts and buyouts, all that has happened it the weakening of more banks. The bad banks should have been folded, let the good ones stay.

    Our daughter is a agricultural loan underwriter and her bank was told on a Friday that they would be buying another bank. Her bank didn't want this looser but the feds said they had to. It was a done deal and on Monday, they owned a piece of junk bank.
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