|People listening to speaker at Occupy Toronto|
I know some of the people opposed to the sentiments of the demonstrators are disappointed to see a large rally like this and that the police didn't club anyone.
These events held in Canada have shown the country that discontent is building and something better happen. It has been interesting to watch Harper in the run up to these rallies. He has been careful not to criticize them, falling back on the line that the events that triggered Occupy Wall St didn't happen here. So while the government has yet to condemn the movement, they have mis-characterized demonstrators motives.
It's too early to know if the movement will have legs. They are motivated, yet as the days go on will it be able to keep up interest, participation and build. The Police said that the crowd at St James Park was about 1500. Porta potties, food tents, a medical tent and individual tents were set up. Occupation of the park is essential to maintaining momentum.
I am looking forward to joining the people in the park for part of each day. If you can, do go down and be part of what is now a world wide movement. It can only carry forward if we do. You can help as well by making donations, helping with park clean up and telling your friends about the 99%.
If you have twitter check out hashtag #occupytoronto
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|Check out this photo essay at Posi+ive Magazine - TORONTO RALLY: DEMONSTRATION DAY 1|