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UPDATE: Looking to spring-time Occupy actions

In early-November, the Vancouver Sun reported, “Kalle Lasn, the Vancouver-based editor whose left-wing magazine launched the Occupy Wall Street movement, hopes that protest tents remain through the winter in this city and others in North America. …Lasn expects that many protesters will leave the various Occupy tent cities during the winter. But he hopes some will remain to spark a new round of activism in the spring. …Lasn said the Occupy movement will survive into the new year and take on new shapes. ‘We may enter an even more interesting phase where crystal-clear demands may start emerging,’ said Lasn. ‘And I think there will be myriad actions and initiatives bubbling up all over the world.'”

In a CBC Radio interview late last year, Lasn suggested that the spring-time new phase of Occupy would include young people fighting for the deep transformation of capitalism and our current political systems. He described the movement as seeking a global Tahrir Square moment.

The Council of Canadians has actively participated in and supported the Occupy movement across Canada, notably http://canadians.org/blog/?p=11196, http://canadians.org/blog/?p=11831, http://canadians.org/blog/?p=11594, http://canadians.org/blog/?p=12081, and more recently http://canadians.org/blog/?p=12769, and is looking to support this ‘spring’ phase of Occupy.

To date, more than 400 people have indicated on a Facebook page that they will Occupy Parliament on Saturday May 5, https://www.facebook.com/events/326943627328522/. There is also an ‘Occupy Parliament Hill’ Facebook page that notes a March 13-16 occupation, http://www.facebook.com/OccupyParliamentHill.

More soon.