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From Sydney to Lahore, protest camps continue to grow

A round-up of the latest news from the Occupy movement around the world.

Issue No. 2275

Police raided the camp in Melbourne’s central square in Australia on Friday of last week. They used pepper spray, horses and dogs to push out the hundreds of occupiers.

They dragged protesters away, arresting more than 100.

Meanwhile, protesters at Occupy Sydney voted to support striking airline engineers.

They issued a statement on Friday saying, “Occupy Sydney declares its support for the courageous struggle of Qantas and Jetstar workers against their greedy bosses.

“Qantas workers, many struggling in low-waged, casual positions, are asking for a 5 percent per year pay rise that will barely keep up with the spiralling cost of living.

“But chief executive Alan Joyce is receiving a 71 percent pay increase—taking his total salary package to $5 million.”

Airline workers joined a rally at the camp the following day. But a dawn raid cleared the Occupy Sydney site. About 40 protesters were arrested.

lIn Pakistan, socialist parties, trade unions, student groups and other activists have set up an anti-capitalist Occupy Lahore camp at Nasir Bagh.

A general meeting of more than 50 people decided to establish the camp, and to invite more movements to join and formulate a collective strategy for the people.


Nearly 200 people gathered in a camp in Kolkata, India, carrying banners opposing capitalism.


The camp in Montreal, Canada, has expanded from a few dozen tents to fill several nearby patches of land, filling nearly all available space with tents, tarps, and hammocks.

The camp in Toronto also continued to increase in size as Socialist Worker went to press.


Camps have spread across the US, with mixed responses from the state.

Police shut down Occupy Chicago on Sunday and arrested over 100 people.

Others have expanded. For example in Portland, Oregon, protesters pitched 300 tents and offered free food, medical care and shelter to anyone.

They were raising the issue of homelessness, a growing problem across the US.

In Atlanta, Georgia, homeless people have helped protesters learn how to put up tents that can withstand wind gusts and survive outdoors.


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Tue 25 Oct 2011, 17:45 BST
Issue No. 2275
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