The Occupy Wall Street movement is coming to Canada, with major cities like Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary and Montreal participating in the solidary marches. An Occupy Bay Street event is being organized in Toronto set to be held over the weekend.
The protests are being said to stand in solidarity to the mass demonstrations happening in the United States. Originating in New York, Occupy Wall Street kicked off on Sept. 17. Targeting corporate greed in the Big Apple, protesters there raised concerns about social inequalities, but mainly demonstrated frustration towards corporations.
Concerns have already been raised for what could be the largest gathering of protesters since the G20 Summit in Toronto and mass arrests in Vancouver following the post Stanley Cup violence.
Organizers from Occupy Toronto plan to hold similar demonstrations as those taking place across the States.
"Together, we can forge a movement that will offer a non-violent solution to corporate greed," their web site stated, adding they are working with Toronto police leading up to the day.
But large groups involved with the Occupy Wall Street protests have at least twice so far ended up in tense standoffs with cops. Their Sept. 24 march in particular turned ugly, when pepper spray was used and about 100 people were arrested. Another protest held on the Brooklyn Bridge also led to a clash, which ended with some 800 arrests.
Media outlets covering the Occupy Canada protests could also face difficulty reporting from the events, after protesters in Toronto were allegedly warned to be wary of major outlets, such as the CBC and CTV.
“… Lets keep in mind those media companies are responsible for supporting the agenda of all the institutions including the Banks who have poisoned this society,” indie media reporters from HotSpinTV.com wrote on the Occupy Toronto website.