“Fab” is taking a day off from the camp to be with his family – his first in many days. The camp is facing colder weather – likely in the mid-30s overnight. (Recap: Since the first night of the camp not a single tent, or even a tarp raised above the ground, has been tolerated. Nor have portable toilets, and some businesses – McDonalds for one – have closed their restrooms to the Occupiers. Police have been harassing the camp every day, searching the packs of arriving visitors and confiscating quilts, moving in and removing anything that can be construed as being of a “permanent” nature, but leaving some of the food and the kitchen in place.)
But last night everything was taken – including all the food and the kitchen equipment. Police dragged everything, including spare warm clothing, into one large heap and brought in trucks to cart it away. The Indignés managed to salvage a few items (just at the end of the video). I couldn’t help but wonder if it was a coincidence that this happened only about 12 hours after police in New York broke up the Liberty Square camp. For the attack last night the number of police was doubled or perhaps even tripled.
Fab explains that each time police move in, the occupiers resist peacably and even with a certain amount of good humor, using what they call the “turtle” technique – sitting on the ground and linking arms to slow the officers’ progress -, but they aren’t numerous enough for that to be effective. Peaceful-resistance training sessions have been held – this is still not highly organized, but the group is cohesive. Everyone in the camp is commited to non-violence.
Fab was very surprised to hear that there 110 tents in the camp in New Orleans, and asks me to send him a report on what’s going on in NOLA. I tell him there have been some problems with the behavior of certain elements of the camp in NOLA (I watched the video of the Soapbox discussion last night) and he answers that that kind of problem has been a part of every camp he’s had experience of.
But the meetings continue, sometimes in the form of a camp GA and at other times a People’s GA with Soapbox (tour de parole) – much like at the NOLA camp.
As I listen to the live stream while writing this, people are taking turns reading the UN Universal Declaration Of Human Rights aloud.
Update: News of the Paris Occupation: http://99getsmart.com/?p=873
News of the Paris Occupation: http://99getsmart.com/?p=779
Occupy La Défense, Paris: http://99getsmart.com/?p=791
News of the Paris Occupation 11-9-11: http://99getsmart.com/?p=805