Were the Occupy Canada protests successful?
Members of Occupy Windsor said they would immediately begin to remove the structures and clean up Senator David Croll Park, which they had occupied for 56 days.
"We believe the encampment has served its purpose to make a statement that we have a right to freely assemble and conduct a dialogue [about] the concerns we have about how the political and corporate control over our lives is undemocratic," said Occupy Windsor member Paul Chislett.
The protesters, having vacated Olympic Plaza, left behind a monument where their camp stood. (D. Gustafson)Occupy Calgary activists originally emailed news media Thursday afternoon to say they would deny a court-order to leave the park by 2 p.m. on Friday. Instead, the protesters dismantled their camp, leaving behind protest placards driven into the snow and a 10-foot metal sculpture.
After assembling a news conference marking the end of the protest camp, Occupy Calgary member Tavis Ford said, "We have no comment. We've released a statement. We have been silenced."
The Calgary protesters originally set up camp at Olympic Plaza on Oct. 15.
The two camps shuttered Friday are among the last in Canada. Occupy Sudbury ended Thursday and City councillors in Kingston, Ont., voted to evict Occupy protesters from Confederation Park at 12:01 a.m. on Friday.
In B.C., Occupy Nanaimo protesters will learn their fate Friday. They will attend an injunction hearing that could result in their camp at Diana Krall Plaza being ordered closed.
With the last few Occupy camps disappearing in Canada, do you think the protest was successful in getting its message across? Do you think the Occupy movement will survive in another form? Let us know what you think.
(This survey is not scientific. Results are based on readers' responses.)
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