Occupy Melbourne

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Occupy Melbourne eviction
Occupy Melbourne eviction

The Occupy Melbourne protest started on Saturday 15 October 2011. The protest was a random gathering of people concerned with outcomes from the Global Financial Crisis such as governments bailing out banks.

Other concerns include:

  • Corporate greed - company and shareholder profits take precedence over social justice and environmental concerns and executive salaries continue to rise.
  • Banks - dishonest and illegal banking practices contributed to the Global Financial Crisis. Taxpayers bailed out the banks yet many of their bad practices continue.
  • Democracy - many elected representatives to do not reflect the wishes of a significant proportion of the population.
  • Wealth distribution - 1% of the population hold a large proportion of total wealth.

The Occupy Melbourne protest was inspired by the Occupy Wall Street protest that started in New York on September 17 2011.

Melbourne Lord Mayor Robert Doyle stated that the protest should be terminated on Friday 21 October 2011.[1]

It was forcibly ended by Police on 21 October 2011 when they evicted protesters from Melbourne's city square. 95 arrests were made and one protester was taken to hospital for treatment.[2]

Video

Police evict Occupy Melbourne: Jon Faine's video blog 21/10

Keith Olbermann reads the statement released by the Wall Street Protesters - 2011-10-05

Jon Stewart: Occupy Wall Street

Police charge in formation and continue arrests on Swanston st - Occupy Melbourne Day 6 part 3

Occupy Melbourne protest 21/10/2011

External links

References

  1. Protesters vow to stay as Doyle urges peaceful end, The Age
  2. Occupy Melbourne | Police surround City Square, protesters refuse to leave , The Age
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