The brutal eviction of Occupy Melbourne exactly one year ago has left many scars, and for a while it looked like the policy of intimidation by Melbourne City Council and Lord Mayor Robert Doyle had worked to silence the movement, and to beat it back into conformity.
Many ‘normal’ people were drawn into the movement, and experienced activism from its nasty side – police violence and legal oppression were unleashed on people wanting to stand up non-violently for a better world. Occupy didn’t yet managed to chance society at large, but it left a massive imprint for all those involved. Many people realised that they are not on their own in their despair and grievance of a system that puts profits before people, and has become a soulless machination of rules, fines and regulations that defy common sense.
The global occupy movement never had a master plan how to fix…
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