Occupy Edmonton into it’s 36th day is now facing another eviction notice for this Sunday, November 20th for 11pm. But from our sources and perspective, this time is serious. Want to know why? Come down tomorrow and we can tell you. Has everything to do with collaboration between police, the city, and Melcor.
Once again, the general assembly has decided to stay through the potential eviction timeline in order to fight for a system that works for, and not against the 99% of us. We are against corporate influence of our political institutions, we are against continuing the destructive economic system that is destroying our planet, and we are against increasing economic inequality that has stagnated middle class income growth and continued to divide people. Our vision is bold, our demands are diverse, and another world is possible. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing. (yeaaa Arundhati Roy!)
We also have back-up locations in mind, but want to be able to leave on our own terms. Melcor had sought a quadrilateral meeting between the City of Edmonton, Edmonton Police services, Melcor and Occupy Edmonton. Now, without any prior warning, they have notified us that they plan to evict us as of 11pm. We had been concerned that we were being drawn into a space where 3 of our representatives would be pressured to make decisions on behalf of the entire movement, but now we are facing an entirely different scenario that actually empowers a grassroots approach.
Why wont we leave? This notice came abruptly in spite of Melcors request for these meetings. The perception of camp is that Melcor has been observing the proceedings in other cities and is trying to capitalize on evictions from public property.