09 October 2011

#OccupyDameStreet - Night Two

The National Debt Clock is projected onto the Central Bank
#OccupyDameStreet, Dublin, Sunday 9th October
Back from night two of #OccupyDameStreet, a much, much earlier evening than last night, but I blame my pancreas (as I do for most things). As we left the talk had turned to thoughts of tomorrow AM and what will happen as the Central Bank gets ready to open its doors. While the mood is still positive the first signs of an inevitable bunker mentality are starting to creep in, with folks unsure as to what happens next and what course of action the gardai will take come the dawn.

Here's to the crazy ones
#OccupyDameStreet, Dublin, Sunday 9th October
The primary thing to keep in your mind at all times about #OccupyDameStreet, and the #Occupy movement in general, is that it is a peaceful movement dedicated to non-violent resistance, to the point that the notion of leaving immediately if challenged by the gardai was discussed. No decision had been taken by the time I had to leave, and in all honesty even if a consensus was reached most likely it would be with the proviso that if other people wanted to pursue their own form of non-violent resistance they would be free to do so, such is the glory of consensus decision making (its like the Unitarianism of debate, ultimately everybody agrees with everything).

#OccupyDameStreet, Dublin, Sunday 9th October
It is surprisingly uplifting though to see that despite a night of no sleep and explaining exactly what they are doing to every drunken passer-by on their way down to the taxi-rank, a bitterly cold wind that threatens to rip apart the camp every few minutes and the imminent prospect of a forced eviction in the morning, that tonight's General Assembly was conducted without alarm, without panic and without tension.

Even if this all ends suddenly in the morning #OccupyDameStreet have shown through their actions and voices that another world is possible. How that is manifested beyond Dame Street is up to us.

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