Wednesday night: Estimate is about 100 people at 11 PM. Livestream is saying they’re expecting a police charge during the night or early in the morning. Reports of a large contingent of riot police “moving closer to the camp.”
They’ve moved the camp and they say it’s looking more and more like… a camp – which is the pretext for a police action. They’re asking people to come and bring cameras.
There was a problem with several drunken people who stretched the occupiers’ capacity for tolerance. But other people who were drinking engaged in productive discussion. People on the chat surmise that these individuals may be seeking to cause confrontation as another pretext for police action.
Update – 12:30 AM: Report on the chat (no live video): “The tension is lessening,” meaning less fear of a police assault. More tomorrow…
Thursday: Finally there was no police assault. Some 100 people are planning to spend the night. I haven’t had time to watch the GAs – video on Bambuser is spotty and hard to follow and isn’t always focused on the GA. Lighting is poor and most or all video seems to be from cell phones. But there is an official video calling people to the march tomorrow (11/11/11), set to start at 11:11:11 AM on the Champ de Mars next to the Eiffel tower (see below)
People from all over France are being called to organize, occupy the rail stations #OccupyTrains, and board trains heading for Paris tomorrow. The march is to be followed by a People’s GA at 2 PM. (Facebook page here.)
But Occupy actions are being held tomorrow in other French cities – Lille, Lyon, Rouen, Strasbourg, Clermont-Ferrand, Metz, Bordeaux, Montpellier, Toulouse, Orléans, Tours, Dax, Marseille, Angoulême, Annonay, Vannes, Rennes, Narbonne, Nantes, La Rochelle, Mulhouse, Nice, Angers, Boulogne-sur-Mer…
UPDATES AND RELATED POSTS:
Paris Occupation Update: 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