Occupy Sydney, Melbourne plan big rallies, re-occupations

October 27, 2011
A placard from Occupy Sydney
A placard from the Occupation Sydney camp in Martin Place, before it was violently smashed by police at about 5am on October 23.

Occupy Melbourne and Occupy Sydney have regrouped since the brutal police attack on the two camps in the Melbourne and Sydney CBDs on October 21 and 23.

In both cities, the movement is refusing to be intimidated -- and plans are underway for big rallies and attempts to re-occupy public space.

ccupy Melbourne has organised a rally for Saturday, October 29, 12pm at the State Library. The rally will march to the Treasury Gardens, with the goal of setting up a new occupation there.

Occupy Sydney has called for a big rally for Saturday, November 5, 12pm at Town Hall. Protesters have also voted to hold a march and to reoccupy a site. A decision on a place to occupy has yet to be made, and any proposal will be put to the rally on November 5.

Video: Occupy Melbourne 22 October 2011. Tex Lumbago.

On October 22, the day after police violently attacked Occupy Melbourne participants in an assault that lasted through the day, Occupy Melbourne defied the police to stage a peaceful rally from Federation Square to Victorian Trades Hall -- where a general assembly involving as many as 2000 people voted on plans for a new rally and re-occupation on October 29.

Video: Occupy Sydney set to continue. Sky News Australia.

Mainstream media reports on police breaking up Occupy Sydney on October 23, and protesters plans to continue. Above, Ben Peterson talks to SKy News. Below, Mark Goudkamp speaks to the ABC.


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