Occupy Toronto–End of Days

So much going through my head as I hear, watch and experience the end of the #OccupyToronto village. 

I did a walk through on my way into the office this morning around 8:30am after watching the livestream for an hour at home.  I watched as the occupiers cleaned up after themselves and many of them packed up and left.

During my lunch time walk through St. James Park I found myself behind the police.  I went behind the garbage trucks to get a better shot and found myself facing the protesters gathered on the mound just west of the gazebo. 

Last Day of #OccupyToronto

There was a line of police looking like they were forming a perimeter of sorts, but I couldn’t figure out why.  I asked, but while the police were all friendly and polite, I got the feeling the man I was talking to wasn’t sure. He redirected me to someone else who was also polite and friendly and said he’d let me know in a little while.  He seemed very focused on what was going on in his ear.  The cops were busy after all.  

Last Day of #OccupyToronto

After about 10 minutes, maybe 5, another policeman came and asked who I was. When I said “local business owner” he replied “you shouldn’t be back here” and escorted me outside what was essentially a perimeter of police. 

When I got back to the office @BlueBerryPickN asked me “how was the mood over there? – #occupytoronto on livestream.com/occupytoronto

I replied:

Mood at #OccupyToronto is odd. Tense. Union folk in from conference. Last Day of #OccupyTorontoProtesters calling for them to stay to keep cops at bay. Cops focused but not confrontational. City picking up garbage and cleaning All in all, #OccupyToronto winding down pretty peacefully with very little conflict (that I saw)

After a bit more work I headed over for one more walk through.  The park was very full. 

Last Day of #OccupyToronto

Full of media. Full of police. Full of city workers moving trash and cleaning up.  Full of watchers and citizens with all sorts of opinions. Bongos were still being played.  Everything was mostly gone but the Library Yurt and the signs and barricade around the gazebo were being put into a trash compacter.

Last Day of #OccupyToronto

I’m glad that it was mostly uneventful (at least to now). I’m glad that it was mostly peaceful. I’m glad that we proved that people can stand up for what they believe in Canada.

But it was sad.

Sad that the police had to be there, and they did have to be there.

Last Day of #OccupyToronto

Sad that this community, and for all the rest of everything it was a community, was stopping.

Last Day of #OccupyToronto

Sad that so much energy and time was spent taking something apart. Last Day of #OccupyToronto

Alexa Clark

Alexa is a digital marketer and author with over 20 years in digital & interactive communications in the food and tech industries. Alexa's CheapEats Restaurant Guides, for both Toronto & Ottawa, were Canadian best sellers. She is a recognized authority on social media and has been named one of Canada's 20 Leading Women in Social Media.

One thought on “Occupy Toronto–End of Days

  • November 23, 2011 at 5:39 pm

    Occupy has been a digital experience for me from Map.15october.net to http://maps.occupy.net/
    I have lived inside the digital story fielding questions. And, when Occupy Oakland went south, I was with someone involved but also attending a conference in Geneva for CrisisMappers. While in Europe, I visited Occupy London and Occupy Zurich. Different vibes. There was apparently an Occupy Geneva, but I could not find it and was swamped. yes, I visited Occupy Toronto too. It is interesting to me how the different city groups used and did not use their social media arm.


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