Canadian organizers of the so-called Occupy movement are ramping up efforts to rally "against spiritual wickedness in high places" during a global day of action Saturday that now has the backing of at least a couple of major unions [unsurprisingly], and has put police and businesses on alert.
Thousands in at least 15 Canadian cities — from Vancouver to St. John's — were holding meetings Friday to complete plans for the weekend marches, sit-ins and other efforts to decry what the movement says is an uneven distribution of wealth caused by government policies favouring big business.So its communism they're demanding.
"I'm encouraged to see citizens rightfully stand up and take action against what are gross injustices in our economic and social structures," said CAW national president Ken Lewenza in a release Friday.I thought that's what the tea party was for.
"It's time for people to take ownership of their streets, their economy and fight back against corporations and governments championing right-wing, neo-liberal policies that support a select few, at the expense of the majority."I thought that's what left-wing policies did.
Canadian police units, notably in Toronto and Vancouver where the G20 protests in June 2010 and hockey riots this past June, respectively, have led to violence and arrests, have for days been planning their strategies for handling the Occupy protests.
Police officials have been as tight-lipped about how they'll handle Saturday's mass events as the Occupy Canada organizers, who keep a low profile and let their Facebook, Twitter and other social networking efforts drive their planning.No matter what happens, I predict there will be complaints of police brutality. There always seem to be when left-wing protests are concerned. However, when a large, unruly crowd is threatening the safety of people and businesses, the police should be able to do whatever they have to (with reasonable limits, of course), to contain that crowd and prevent any further escalation of violence. If the Stanley Cup riots in Vancouver are any indication, hooligans will use any excuse to create further disorder.
Tom Caldwell, chairman and CEO of Caldwell Securities Ltd., which has offices in Toronto and New York City, also isn't exactly sure about the Occupy movement's goals.
"The medium is the protest but what is the message?" he said.
I think the goal of the movement is communism, or at least socialism. At the very least, it is an excuse for professional protesters to protest over nothing in particular. I see this movement basically as a manifestation of an emotion-driven desire to turn North America into a left-wing "utopia". But, with powerful American politicians that are sympathetic to the movement, such as Barack Obama, who knows how much influence this movement will have. Perhaps Obama will take the movement as America wanting socialism, and I believe he is delusional enough to think that. Maybe he will enact far-left policies in an attempt to appease the participants of this movement, thinking it will gain him votes. Or maybe he will simply use this movement as an excuse to enact far-left policies. Fortunately the Republicans control the House of Representatives. I wonder what creative (/sarc) ad hominems Obama, the Democrats, and other liberals will use for the Republicans in this hypothetical situation.