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by Sean Goedecke (subscribe)
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If you've been paying attention recently (or if you're in the habit of walking down Swanston St) you'll have noticed what appears to be a tent city in City Square, bedecked with banners and covered in crowds of people. This is Occupy Melbourne, a protest in the same line as America's recent Occupy Wall Street protests - and, if you believe the protesters, as the Egyptian protests in Tahrir Square.

Occupy Melbourne
The poster that started it all.

Occupy Melbourne started on October 15, the 'global day of protest' in support of the 99%. What's a 99%? Well, the protesters argue that the richest 1% are motivated by greed and are making the lives or ordinary people difficult. In addition, they believe the electoral process isn't a real path to change. On their website, they call themselves a "global social movement for real democracy" (emphasis added).

Occupy Melbourne
Protesters in City Square.

The protesters say they're not going anywhere, but the unstructured nature of Occupy Melbourne means that anything could happen. If you're interested, get down there and visit before it's too late - but don't wear a suit.
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Why? That's the question everyone's asking.
When: All day, all night.
Where: City Square on Swanston St.
Cost: Free, obviously.
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