Occupy San Diego Draws Thousands Downtown October 15

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Mark Gabrish Conlan writes:The police attempted to shut down Occupy San Diego and drive its anti-corporate activists out of the Civic Center Plaza downtown October 13 and 14... But on Saturday, October 15 the occupiers came roaring back for a long day including a long-planned rally against austerity at Sixth and Grape in Balboa Park and a march to the Civic Center. Some of the occupiers defied police by starting at the Civic Center, marching to Sixth and Grape for the rally, and then marching back! After the march, protesters staged another rally, this one under Occupy’s own auspices and considerably more free-form than the one in the park, and after a short break they went off on their regular 4 p.m. march through downtown, followed by an open debate at 5 on the purposes and future of their action.

Occupy San Diego is an offshoot of the worldwide Occupy movement, which started five weeks earlier in the streets of New York as Occupy Wall Street. The New York activists were in turn inspired by the marches and rallies held by fed-up activists in Arab countries like Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen and Syria, which in the first two countries actually brought down long-established dictatorships. The Occupy movement has been criticized for not having a formal leadership structure or a pre-set list of demands, but its members clearly regard that as a strength, not a weakness. Certainly there was a dramatic contrast between the two rallies. The one in Balboa Park was a more traditional Leftist event, with speakers clearly identified and carefully selected to represent the groups in the coalition that had put it together. The Occupy event was much more elastic, with many speakers identifying themselves either by first names only or not at all, taking advantage of an open mike, talking about their personal experiences at the occupation site and telling their own stories to explain why they were there. --Read More (with Photos)--

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