Day two of Occupy Toronto
Day two of occupy Toronto got started with the bells of St. James Cathedral slowly drawing demonstrators from tents scattered around the park of the same name. Although it remains difficult to estimate precisely how many people spent the night — participants really are quite spread out — after touring the site at midnight and again at 8:00 a.m., my guess would be 150-200. I expect the park will get increasingly busy as the day wears on.
Despite worries (and rumours) that police would evict demonstrators in the wee hours of the night, it was status quo when the sun came up. There was a small law enforcement presence outside the park, but they left the occupiers to manage the situation inside the park. With volunteer groups picking up trash and no outbreaks of violence, they appear to be be doing a good enough job.
It might be a different story as the work week begins. Toronto protestors plan a return to the Financial District where they will "make a very large statement," according to Niko Salassidis, one of the demonstrators who stayed the night. "Today's going to be a major day for planning a large impact for Monday...when the Stock Exchange opens."
The group has yet to reveal specifics — they'll be working on those throughout the day — but there's some talk of occupying Toronto's major bank buildings. That'd make some sense, but it'll be interesting to see whether or not such a strategy will erode the goodwill currently shared between the police and protestors.
We'll keep tabs on the park throughout the day, and update this post whenever we get noteworthy information. For a complete rundown of yesterday's action, check out our previous post.
Some thoughts and photos from Scott Snider, who visited St. James Park this evening:
Here's a montage of photos from blogTO Flickr member Richard Gottardo.
Here's a gem from Rob Ford's former chief of staff, Nick Kouvalis. It provides an implicit set of instructions on how to be a clichÃ©. That a boy, Nicky!
As expected, St. James Park has filled up over the course of the day. Although not, perhaps, as lively as yesterday, spirits remain high here as the occupiers plan for tomorrow's action back on Bay Street. The first couple of photos are the first look we've had at the protests from above (though CP24 did have a helicopter out earlier yesterday). The occupation is a bit bigger than it might appear here, because trees block out some of the other encampment areas (and the gazebo).
This batch of photos by Tom Ryaboi
Originally published at 11:00am
Photos from this morning:
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