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article imageDanish state deals a blow to Occupy Denmark, police intervene Special

By Bradley Axmith     Oct 27, 2011 in World
Copenhagen - Occupy Denmark's Copenhagen camp was removed by police Thursday morning, but the battle for the soul of democracy is just getting warmed up, a dejected flock of protesters proclaimed.
The mist pervaded the sporadic lean-to shelters as the police slowly but deliberately entered the makeshift camp in Copenhagen’s City Hall Square, where hundreds of on again-off again demonstrators had taken up residence to lament the state of the world, demanding reforms to western governance.
The Occupy Denmark movement legally established a demonstration camp in the heart of this Scandinavian capital in grievance to the global financial system which has accordingly caused the latest financial crisis and continues to ignore and injure the more vulnerable in the world through neo-liberal economic policies and war.
File photo: Police descend upon the protesters in Denmark
File photo: Police descend upon the protesters in Denmark
“We are not a spontaneous movement. We are part of a global awakening similar to what happened in the 60s,” Rosle Dyre, a 17 year old student proclaimed as police formed a barrier around the camp, politely expelling individuals.
Why should one per cent of the world population gamble with the future of our planet? asks the banners flapping lazily in the wet wind.
The visage of a masked Guy Fawkes, the symbol of anti-establishment (Fawkes was foiled in his attempt to blow
A young man meditates while police eject his fellow demonstrators from the makeshift camp. Officers ...
A young man meditates while police eject his fellow demonstrators from the makeshift camp. Officers were waiting for the arrival of tools later used to disassemble the structures erected soon after the start of the movement 17 October, 2011.
up the English parliament in the so-called Gunpowder Revolution) accompanies the critical slogans.
Despite the potency of revolutionary zeal, there has been no physical violence seen in other cities, due in large part to the communication between police and organisers as well as the temperance of the protesters.
A 20-something man squatted in the middle of all this, the stillness of his tantric meditations illustrating the calmness of the action, as Dyre pointed out the movement’s patient desire.
“I don’t think it’s revolution most of us are looking for. It’s evolution. How can we not find a way to feed everybody in the world when we have the means to do so? How can we not wake up to the need to stop ruining the environment?” she said.
But where thousands had descended upon the site a week ago shouting these questions in unison and mirroring events in 1500 other towns around the world, barely a couple dozen were present to give token opposition to the police.
The mood amongst the ‘occupiers’ was clearly downcast, the occasional slogan barked out into the overcast skies lamenting the fascism that preys upon the democratic culture through the violence executed by the strong arm of the law.
Police began removing the pavillions with drills and crow bars. There was no physical resistance and...
Police began removing the pavillions with drills and crow bars. There was no physical resistance and interaction between law enforcement and 'residents' was peaceful despite occasional chants against the police state and the state's fascism.
Whether real change is afoot remains to be seen. The winner of Sunday’s first democratic elections in Tunisia believes there is a synchronicity in the Arab Spring and the Occupy movements that cannot be ignored by bankers in the world, nor leaders wishing to retain the same leverage over underdeveloped countries.
When asked whether they felt culpable in stilling a democratic movement and suppressing people’s rights, several police shrugged and casually remarked that they were not allowed to lend their opinions.
Another organiser too busy to answer questions indicated a stay of execution for the camp, intoning sanguinely that a new permit to continue the ‘vigil’ was in the works and more of the 99% would manifest again later in the evening.
“I live here,” Dyre said defiantly, intimating that a battle was lost, but not the longer war.
Through social media and informal associations that have emerged in the last 5 years groups and individuals are more frequently with greater numbers coalescing around global issues, illustrating a capacity for critical mass not seen since the anti-Vietnam war movements in the 1960s.
Two hours after police began removing the tents erected on City Hall Square  little remained of the ...
Two hours after police began removing the tents erected on City Hall Square, little remained of the Occupy Denmark's footprint. Residents of the camp took their belongings to Christiania, the 'free state' which has been fighting its own battle for survival since 1972.
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