Oct. 14, 2011
By Marlene Habib
Canadian organizers of the so-called Occupy movement are ramping up efforts to rally “against spiritual wickedness in high places” during a global day of action Saturday that now has the backing of at least a couple of major unions, and has put police and businesses on alert.
Thousands in at least 15 Canadian cities — from Vancouver to St. John’s — were holding meetings Friday to complete plans for the weekend marches, sit-ins and other efforts to decry what the movement says is an uneven distribution of wealth caused by government policies favouring big business.
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. Weather forecasts of heavy rain and high winds in parts of Canada aren’t deterring the plans.
Their efforts now have the backing of at least two major unions — the Canadian Auto Workers and the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada.
“I’m encouraged to see citizens rightfully stand up and take action against what are gross injustices in our economic and social structures,” said CAW national president Ken Lewenza in a release Friday.
“It’s time for people to take ownership of their streets, their economy and fight back against corporations and governments championing right-wing, neo-liberal policies that support a select few, at the expense of the majority.”
As of Friday evening, Occupy Canada’s Facebook page had more than 13,000 “likes” and more than 21,000 “talking about this” hits. A YouTube video shot in Toronto’s downtown Dundas Square features someone with Occupy Canada preaching to Canadians to join rallies in their cities as part of a rising “global consciousness.”
“We wrestle not against flesh or blood, not against Muslim, not against Christian, not against black, not against white – but against powers, against spiritual wickedness in high places, against the rulers of darkness of this world, and that is the truth – and we wrestle not against each other but … against the corrupt powers of this world,” the man shouts.
It’s all part of the social networking-driven movement, which has been heating up on the front lines in U.S. cities, including in New York where the whole Occupy mission began Sept. 17.
While the U.S. movement has the support of many labour, political and spiritual leaders, Canada’s Occupy movement has been criticized for not being focused — which is reflected in a CBC online survey asking Canadians: “Is the Occupy Wall Street message relevant in Canada?”
In the U.S., hundreds have been arrested during clashes in various U.S. cities. Despite that, some 1,500 cities globally are taking part in Saturday’s day of action.
Canadian police units, notably in Toronto and Vancouver where the G20 protests in June 2010 and hockey riots this past June, respectively, have led to violence and arrests, have for days been planning their strategies for handling the Occupy protests.
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