Book Reviews | Gordon Campbell | News Flashes | Scoop Features | Scoop Video | Strange & Bizarre | Search

 


Multimedia: Occupy Wellington Sets Up Camp In Civic Square

Occupy Wellington Sets Up Camp In Civic Square


Photos, Video and Story by Anne Russell

Despite the rain, around 300 protesters came to Occupy Wellington in Civic Square today, forming part of the New Zealand chapter of Occupy Together. The movement sprang up worldwide inspired by Occupy Wall Street, which has been running for almost a month now.

Although protesting at Civic Square on a Saturday is not particularly disruptive, the location's advantage lies in its proximity to the stock exchange. Despite the deliberate vagueness of Occupy Together's demands, the general theme can be summed up in the chant "We are the 99 percent", protesting the fact that 1% of the population controls most of the resources and economic power in the world.


Click for big version

People got into a circle for discussion; a 'talking stick' was passed around so that everyone had a chance to say their piece. Later on a group broke off in order to discuss practical needs, while the larger group continued sharing stories and ideas. - See more images

"It's a New Zealand issue." said Kyro, a woman whose partner's son was murdered by the Mongrel Mob in 2009. "Our youth are dying; there are people killing our youth—particularly Maori youth—and I think it's time to stop. It's because of capitalism and greed; we don't care about our people, we are about profits."

Critics have slammed the Occupiers for being incoherent and "very disorganised", but this is precisely the point. Occupy Together is arguably the most significant example of global grassroots activism seen in decades, and thus must make decisions based on group consensus, which takes time. Over-organisation would lead to bureaucracy, and distract the activists from their original motives for protesting. Some of the people at Occupy Wellington have formed a loosely organised working group to co-ordinate practicalities such as food, medical facilities, laundry and so forth.

There were at least 50 people planning to stay at Civic Square overnight; a handy grassy area has provided room for people to pitch tents. Perhaps after the Rugby World Cup fanzone is gone there will be even more space available. The people are in for the long haul. If you or anyone you know are willing to provide support—in the form of legal advice, medical expertise or just general goodwill and solidarity—please come down and join us. You are the 99% too.

***********


Protesters chanting outside the stock exchange


"I want a f***ing revolution!"


An early childhood education teacher speaks about her experience with poverty.

***********

More photos from Anne Russell:


Click for big version


Click for big version


Click for big version


Click for big version

***********

Below: Photo Essay taken by Scoop's Alastair Thompson at around 4.30pm on Day 1.


*** ENDS ***

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Top Scoops Headlines

 

Syed Atiq ul Hassan: Eye-Opener For Islamic Community

An event of siege, terror and killing carried out by Haron Monis in the heart of Sydney business district has been an eye-opener for the Islamic Community in Australia. Haron was shot down before he killed two innocent people, a lawyer and a manager ... More>>

Jonathan Cook: US Feels The Heat On Palestine Vote At UN

The floodgates have begun to open across Europe on recognition of Palestinian statehood. On 12 December the Portuguese parliament became the latest European legislature to call on its government to back statehood, joining Sweden, Britain, Ireland, France ... More>>

ALSO:


Fightback: MANA Movement Regroups, Call For Mana Wahine Policy

In the wake of this years’ electoral defeat, the MANA Movement is regrouping. On November 29th, Fightback members attended a Members’ Hui in Tāmaki/Auckland, with around 70 attending from around the country. More>>

Ramzy Baroud: The Mockingjay Of Palestine: “If We Burn, You Burn With Us”

Raed Mu’anis was my best friend. The small scar on top of his left eyebrow was my doing at the age of five. I urged him to quit hanging on a rope where my mother was drying our laundry. He wouldn’t listen, so I threw a rock at him. More>>

ALSO:

Don Franks: Future Of Work Commission: Labour's Shrewd Move

Lunging boldly towards John Key, shouting 'Cut the crap!' - Andrew Little was great, wasn't he? Labour's new leader spoke for many people fed up with Key's flippant arrogant deceit. Andrew Little nailing the Prime minister on lying about contacting a rightwing ... More>>

Asia-Pacific Journal: MSG Headache, West Papuan Heartache? Indonesia’s Melanesian Foray

Asia and the Pacific--these two geographic, political and cultural regions encompass entire life-worlds, cosmologies and cultures. Yet Indonesia’s recent enthusiastic outreach to Melanesia indicates an attempt to bridge both the constructed and actual ... More>>

Valerie Morse: The Security State: We Should Not Be Surprised, But We Should Be Worried

On the very day that the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security released her report into the actions of people the Prime Minister’s office in leaking classified Security Intelligence Service (NZSIS) documents to right-wing smearmonger Cameron ... More>>

Ramzy Baroud: PFLP Soul-Searching: Rise And Fall Of Palestine’s Socialists

When news reports alleged that the two cousins behind the Jerusalem synagogue attack on 18 November were affiliated with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, a level of confusion reigned. Why the PFLP? Why now? More>>

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Top Scoops
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news