Occupy Toronto to retake park on 1-year anniversary
Published Monday, October 15, 2012 8:03AM EDT
Last Updated Monday, October 15, 2012 12:19PM EDT
People who camped out in a Toronto park for more than a month as part of the global Occupy movement are planning to reunite Monday.
On the one-year anniversary of the local encampment, Occupy Toronto activists are returning to St. James Park to re-occupy the public space for the day.
In a bid to push for economic and social equality, the activists camped in the park from Oct. 15, 2011, until they were evicted by police and bylaw officers Nov. 23, 2011.
According to an event listing on Facebook, participants are kicking things off with a “musical march” from the corner of King and Bay streets in the financial district to the park at King and James streets, starting at 1 p.m.
The purpose of the march is to “call out corruption and celebrate compassion,” according to organizers.
Once the group arrives at the park, several events will be held until 11 p.m., including performances by a choir and band, a play and an open mic session.
At 3 p.m., the group will plant garlic to “ward off vampires sucking the life out of the city,” according to the Facebook page.
Participants are planning to leave the park at 11 p.m., bringing an end to their celebration.
It’s not known how many people will participate in the activities.
As of Monday morning, almost 60 people who were invited to the Facebook event listing have indicated they plan to attend the anniversary event.
“We lived in St. James Park for 40 days, built a community, part of a global community, and we were transformed,” an organizer wrote on the Facebook page.
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