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Occupy Sudbury targets corporate greed

Occupy Sudbury is in effect. A small group has taken up residence at Memorial Park to protest corporate greed and to throw its support behind the occupation movement happening around the world, protester Mark Mahonen said.
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Occupy Sudbury protesters Mark Mahonen, right, and Michael Beauchamp didn't mind getting wet Monday morning standing at the corner of Paris and Brady streets. Photo by Arron Pickard.
Occupy Sudbury is in effect.

A small group has taken up residence at Memorial Park to protest corporate greed and to throw its support behind the occupation movement happening around the world, protester Mark Mahonen said.

He was joined by fellow protesters Alexandre Beaulieu and Michael Beauchamp early Monday morning on the corner of Brady and Paris streets.

They held aloft an Occupy Sudbury sign to draw attention of their efforts to passersby.

The local movement is shadowing that of Occupy Wall Street, a “resistance movement” that has brought together people from all walks of life and who are no longer willing to tolerate the “greed and corruption” of those in power, according to the organization's website, occupywallst.org.

The movement marked its one-month anniversary Oct. 23, which coincided with the launch of the Sudbury group's general assembly at Memorial Park.

Since the movement started to take shape, similar protests have and continue to take place at other cities across Canada and the U.S., Mahonen said. The idea is to encourage general assemblies in every backyard, on every street corner because “we don't need Wall Street and we don't need politicians to build a better society,” Occupy Wall Street stated on its website.

The Sudbury group will be set up at Memorial Park for as long as it takes to get across their message, Mahonen said, and added the group has received support from a number of businesses that have donated food and other items to help in their protest.

Posted by Arron Pickard


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