We’re shown the new visitor reception center, which the cameraman is very proud of. “Do you feel we’re a marginal group?” the bulletin board says across the top, and lower down “The Holdup of the Century.”He explains that he’s looking for a Web meeting, but he’s not sure if it’s to be held outdoors or indoors, given the cold. We see the library – a small collection of books and magazines lying on a large piece of Visqueen, which he explains had to be started over again from nothing after the police raid last week. The food and pharmacy lady, of Moroccan origin, I think, says that the evening chorba is especially good for helping ward off the cold. She points to everything that’s been set up during the day, including the library and a children’s corner and a separate space for washing and storing dishes, in preparation for tomorrow’s celebration of the end of the third week of occupation.
The cameraman shows us the Christmas tree (“30,000 euros, paid for by the taxpayer”) and says that the Marché de Noël is now open. I had understood that the market was to take up the entire Parvis. It seems like a miracle that it and the camp can coexist.
A sign on the ground: “Are you sure you’re asking yourself the right questions?” He explains that everyone is fine despite the accumulated fatigue and a few conflicts related to it. Nobody wants to go home long enough to rest up.
Still looking for the Web working group meeting, he asks the food/pharmacy lady and she says she doesn’t know, but that another working group on anti-Fascism is being held tonight. He asks if there are Fascists in the camp and she explains that it’s impossible to build a democratic movement if you don’t clearly set down the principle of real democracy from the start. She says that Fascists have tried to infiltrate, but thought they succeed in doing it in certain movements, they haven’t with this one. A little farther on, Bamba, who appears to be African, says the anti-Fascist group is a bunch of crap. He says that some people are confusing ego problems with Fascism. Another working group, “the State and Power,” is announced.
Tonight, for the celebration of three weeks of occupation, the occupiers created diversions to distract the police and somehow managed to smuggle in a large number of triangles of white cardboard, with a base of about 18″, which they proceeded to assemble into the sections of a geodesic dome. They start assembling it at the summit, which is fitted with transparent triangles with the dove of peace painted on them. “It’s ephemeral art!” someone on the chat remarks, and indeed no one seems sure that the police won’t move in and tear the dome apart as soon as it’s assembled, if not before. And indeed it seems to be taking a long time, with much painstaking stapling and taping…
A couple of hours later I come back and the Dome is standing proudly on the Parvis. “A manifesto in 3D,” one older lady says. The cameraman points out that the Dome is a joint Spanish-French effort. The accordion, trumpet and clarinet are playing and people are dancing; the cameraman seems to be whirling with them, as colored balloons take off into the air.
VIDEO @ http://bambuser.com/v/2161592
CRS raid at 3:20 AM, destroyed the Dome; verbal abuse, nightstick beatings, 1 arm injury
During the night, 30-40 gendarmes mobiles and CRS beat occupiers, destroy the dome and part of #occupydefense. 1 broken arm
Police destroy the #occupydefense Dome in the middle of the night… pettiness and ignorance: the pillars of current policy
The #occupydefense camp underwent a surprise attack by police at 2:45 tonight! At least one person injured.
Paris Occupation Update for 11/23/11: http://99getsmart.com/?p=1070
Paris Occupation Update – November 21: http://99getsmart.com/?p=1030
News of the Paris Occupation: http://99getsmart.com/?p=779
News of the Paris Occupation 11-9-11: http://99getsmart.com/?p=805
Update: News of the Paris Occupation: http://99getsmart.com/?p=873
Occupy La Défense, Paris: http://99getsmart.com/?p=791