OCCUPY PEI

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    Oct 15, 2011 9:33 PM GMT
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    It was Occupy P.E.I., but the message was the same

    Guardian photo by Brian McInnis

    The sign was small, but it said what many at the rally believed strongly in.

    Published on October 15, 2011


    The ideals of Occupy Wall Street came to Charlottetown Saturday when more than 100 people came to the little park adjacent to Province House.

    There were not a lot of placards, but people got their message across by speaking of personal experiences such as the former student struggling to makes ends meet after having to drop out of university because he was unable to qualify for student loans. One man spoke of suffering a stroke, but he is determined to carry on despite problems.

    If there was a main theme of the rally it was that 40 per cent of the world's wealth is controlled by just one per cent of the population and that the separation of the classes is the worst it has been since The Great Depression.


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    The Occupy Wall Street movement started in New York last month when a group of protesters began gathering in Zuccotti Park to voice concern and anger over the state of the economy and the disparity between rich bankers and financiers compared to the average American.

    Word spread through social media and more people began joining the movement. But with no leader and no set agenda, a whole host of other grievances and concerns have been added to the protest, prompting many to dismiss it as confused and unfocused.

    Similiar rallies were held around the world Saturday.

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    Oct 15, 2011 9:53 PM GMT
    It looks like the idea of a 'occupation-protest' has hit something of a raw nerve among ordinary people.
    When it hits the UK-watch out-we are the most apathetic people in the world!
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    Oct 15, 2011 9:56 PM GMT
    Lincsbear saidIt looks like the idea of a 'occupation-protest' has hit something of a raw nerve among ordinary people.
    When it hits the UK-watch out-we are the most apathetic people in the world!
    Its coming! It went world wide this weekend!
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    Oct 15, 2011 10:19 PM GMT
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    About 300 people were estimated to have gathered in Halifax's Grand Parade.Sabrina Fabian/CBC



    Crowds of demonstrators gathered around the Maritimes to kick off a series of "Occupy" protests around Canada denouncing corporate greed and financial mismanagement, mirroring similar rallies that have rapidly spread from the U.S. to dozens of countries around the world.

    For weeks protesters in New York have been raising their concerns about corporate greed and a lack of accountability in the global financial system.

    In Halifax, the CBC's Michael Dick said at 11 a.m., there were about 35 people at Grand Parade in downtown Halifax. About 20 tents were set up, many people with food and sleeping bags.

    By 1 p.m. there were at least 300 people and about 30 police officers watching over the protest.

    Dick said he talked to one demonstrator setting up a tent who was prepared to spend several days in Grand Parade to get his message across.

    Many people carried signs that said things such as "More sacrifices" and "Stop the corporate greed."

    In Fredericton, about 85 protestors had gathered in front of City Hall by early afternoon.

    Mentions on Twitter suggested Moncton's Occupy demonstration saw about 150 people, and about 100 in Saint John.

    Police in all three New Brunswick told the CBC's Bailey White there no incidents related to the demonstrations.

    White said while there were people of all ages at the demonstration, many of the people there were university-aged.

    She said it was quite quiet, though many of the crowd were voicing their concerns by carrying signs with captions such as "We are the 99 per cent", representing the chunk of the North American population said to be suffering financial hardship on account of the imbalanced economic system.

    She also said anti-fracking signs could also be seen amongst the crowd.

    The Fredericton demonstration will end Saturday evening with a walk around downtown.

    In Charlottetown, about 125 people had gathered in front of the Coles Building next to Province House.

    Organizers told the crowd there will be another demonstration next Saturday.

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    Oct 15, 2011 10:21 PM GMT
    Crowds of demonstrators gathered in the streets of several Canadian cities on Saturday to kick off a series of "Occupy" protests over corporate greed and financial inequality, mirroring similar rallies that have spread from the United States to dozens of countries around the world.

    The global day of marches and sit-ins are inspired by the grassroots Occupy Wall Street movement in New York City, which began weeks ago and continues with protesters occupying Lower Manhattan's Zuccotti Park for nearly a month now.

    Protests were planned for at least 15 Canadian cities, including Vancouver, Calgary, Winnipeg, Toronto, Montreal, Quebec City and St. John's. While locations for where the rallies start and end vary according to city, they generally include marching to financial districts, city halls or other important economic venues.

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    Oct 15, 2011 10:24 PM GMT
    In Charlottetown, the gathering took place on thew lawn beside Province House (where the Fathers of Confederation met) opposite one of the main banks here.