Occupiers were evicted finally, both in Wall Street and London. Is this already the end? What has been achieved after occupiers physically “occupied” private properties and the streets? Many think the movement has failed because the occupiers do not have specific demands, and obviously they are now gone.
Where are the occupiers now? Personally I have talked to some occupiers, in general, they oppose the entire world system at present. They are tempted to isolate themselves from the status quo. Some of them refuse to get a paid job to sustain their living. How could you earn your living without a job in London? “There are lots of ways to live without money, like squatting and sharing food,” one anonymous occupier said.
This month marks the first anniversary of Occupy London. One year ago, hundreds of tents were setup in front of St Paul’s Cathedral and Finsbury Square, the public area gradually became homes of protesters, they setup their own management team in preparing food, fixing technologies, organizing events, dealing with the press…. They have formed their own community, together, they share the same idea of “shutting down the 1%”, meaning to kick out the existing government, bankers and capitalists. Anti-capitalism is the core theme of the occupy movement, the eurozone crisis initially sparkled the occupy wall street in September 2012.
Personal encountering with Occupy Movement
Occupiers are very outspoken, their ideas are revolutionary, yet I can hardly agree on anarchism. If you are new to the Occupy Community, your first reaction might be “are they aliens?”, “how could they think completely different?”. Most probably, when they see your puzzled facial expression, they will respond “yes these are new ideas, you will understand more if you come frequently to our meetings”. I eventually revisited and talked to different occupiers for at least 5-6 times, more or less once a week. I found the moment being with them very fascinating. It was also my first time experiencing genuine democracy – open, transparent, equality. As a passionate thinker in social movement, I will read extensively on the issue of social movements and activism, then I will make a more in-depth analysis of the occupy movement, and possibly provide future suggestions. The extended article will be written soon.
It was sad to see these change-makers gone like a wind last June 2012, and there was a period of silence and inactivity upon the eviction of the occupiers. Yet former US president Jimmy Carter commented about this widespread occupy movement:
“It’s been relatively successful even acknowledging there’s no leadership, there’s no coherence and there’s no single list of issues they want to succeed.”
“One year on, the impact of Occupy has rippled across society, and the initiatives that sprang from the energy of those St Paul’s days is multiplying,” said Laura Taylor, an Occupy London supporter.
Shout out your needs! #Global Noise
#GlobalNoise is a moment to establish new connections among various struggles for global justice and solidarity, strengthen people’s resistance and reassure people to work together for better future. Some also said it represents an enslavement from the debt. When I arrived the steps of St Paul’s around 4pm, I saw one man shouting “down down democracy”, and he then asked the crowd “what sort of future do you guys want?” [Video will be posted soon]
Members of the Occupy movement have performed a Pussy Riot-style protest at St Pauls Cathedral, London. Four women dressed in white shouted their own sermon and chained themselves to a pulpit on Sunday, accusing the church of colluding with banks and failing to help the poor. One of the participants Siobhan Grimes told Belfast Telegraph said she did it to raise awareness about women’s economic inequality.
“As a Christian, I know that my faith teaches through the example of Christ’s radical action to protect the poorest and most vulnerable members of society,” she said.
Perhaps #Global Noise is a day to remember our struggle, people’s resistance. I truly hope this day will be officially and historically remembered by the future generation. As RT reported, people will not be silent. The culture of resistance will hopefully spread across those authoritarian regimes. Here’s a recap of people’s movement day: