While the police did move in this morning under the orders of the City of Toronto, there was little hostility between Occupiers and law enforcement. At times police could be seen singing along with those protesting the 1 Percenters, as they too belong among the 99 Percent.
The tents are down at St. James Park in Toronto but the occupiers from Occupy Toronto remain, following the rules from the city for the most part. One lone tent, the Library, remains with a lone occupier refusing to leave. He waved a black flag towards the crowd that included a police circle surrounding the tent.
Those who have been at the park from the beginning are exhausted but have no plans to stop moving forward with the movement. One of the older members, Ryan, fought to stay awake but was encouraged by the numbers that had come out to support the cause. He said that there are plans to bring the message of the Occupy Movement to more areas within the city. So far the message has been taken to area schools but in the future that could spread to various community centres in both the downtown and suburb areas of Toronto.
Ryan said that the police and those within the movement have treated each other with respect for the most part.
Ryan is in his 30s making him one of the older members that camped out each night. He agreed that some of the messages that have come out via the live web broadcast could turn off people from the movement. At times the webcast has had younger members speaking out blaming everyone for their problems during the late night hours.
What impressed Ryan most was witnessing history being made and watching so many young people come in age at the camp.
Equally impressed was one of the police officers that I spoke to. He was pleased to see that very few arrests had to be made and that those arrested have not had charges that would see them spending any real time behind bars.
City workers were busy throughout the day loading countless trucks with trash as the tents were taken down.
There is some concern in the neighbourhood that the memorial trees could have been damaged during the occupation at St. James Park. One of those trees was planted just the day prior to the tents being placed for a woman who recently died. The lady spent the past forty years planting flowers in the park, beautifying the area.
These trees have been a living memorial from families and friends of St. James Church. There is alos a Scattering Garden who cremated remains rest within the rose garden.
St. James Church has been in support of those occupying the land. On Monday at 10:00 p.m. the neighbours listened as church bells rang out letting those sleeping below on the property that is mostly church land spent a restless night before the trespassing orders were finalized.