Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Friday, December 9, 2011
December 9, eviction day for Occupy Calgary protesters. The tents were gone, but in their place was a statue entitled "Heart of the Beast."
Here is an excerpt from the media release that demonstrators were passing around:
"In the space where our community once stood, we leave a physical monument "The Heart of the Beast" to all the human suffering in the world, past and present, and to our desire to overcome. Embodied within this monument are the convictions and determination of all those who continue to seek and have sought out, throughout history, humanity's noble course. We humbly request that it be seen as a permanent reminder to all people who visit Olympic Plaza of all the voices throughout history that have been silenced."
A court order demanded Occupy Calgary protesters remove their tents by 2:00 pm today (December 9) or face charges of contempt of court. Occupy Calgary tents were removed during the night. Dawn found the tents replaced by dozens of signs and a handful of demonstrators.
At two o-clock -- the time the courts gave Occupy Calgary to vacate Olympic Plaza -- Occupiers were without tents (having taken them down in the night), but not without conviction. Sarah holds a bag of symbolic ashes representing Native people who have died in Canada.