By Lucid, WEARECHANGETORONTO.ORG
November 23, 2011
Coverage of the last Occupy Toronto direct action event on the eve of the final eviction: Rally Against the G20 Repression. Earlier that day 17 activists know as the G20 conspirators held trial. 6 of the 17 are set to face up to 2 years of jail time while the remaining 11 were freed with all charges dropped. Hassan Sayed of No One Is Illegal led the rally calling for continued solidarity and resistance against the state for it’s repression against indigenous and migrant people.
John Clarke of the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty and Stop the Cuts cautioned the protesters that the fight against global austerity comes at a price, that could include jail time. “If you’re going to fight the system, you have to be prepared for the system to fight back.”
Fittingly, just a few hours later a phalanx of Toronto cops drove in by the bus load in a pre-dawn raid. Though the St. James Occupation ended peacefully, police were prepared to deal in force with a chilling show of strength, closing down all roads, surrounding all sides and presenting the LRAD, Long Range Acoustical Device.
Despite a small faction of anarchists who chained themselves to a fortified tent, by the end of the day all structures were dismantled without violence or provocation. Occupy Toronto has issued dates for continued action and the promise of regular General Assemblies have many hopeful that the eviction only signifies the end of the first phase and the beginning of a new one, perhaps more asynchronous in nature, taking the ideal of Occupation off site and into the Parliament, the Universities and Colleges and rest of community at large.