15th october 2011,
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
at Victoria Square or Square du Peuple
It was cold, windy and slight rains, but there were thousands of people at Square du Peuple. A few hundred people took to the streets shouting we are 99% circling the building blocks.
A few others decided to form general assemblies, creating rules on how to gather, to protest, on how to stay on longer. Some were worried about the police chasing them away because of the midnight park rules, its a square, its not a park, its public area, they argued.
Most of the folks gathered, setting up their tents, beating their drums and having a jamming session.
Not sure how long this #OccupyMontreal will last, perhaps only until the wee mornings of Sunday before everyone decidedly return to their warm dry homes for their dreary work on Monday.
“So how long are you gonna stay here,” I asked a man who was carrying his poster declaring ‘No privatisation of public assets’
“Just a few hours here, I gotta get back to my wife and family!”
What is there to protest about in Quebec? They have one of the cheapest education system, good pension scheme. The road systems are bad but only due to corruption within the govt system and inefficient bureaucracy that hinders small businesses.
Life is good here in Canada compared to the rest of the world.