What Do Occupy Melbourne Want

What Do Occupy Melbourne Want

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Posted 2011-10-19 by Sean Goedeckefollow
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They're here, they're loud, and they're living in tents - the Occupy Melbourne protests has been camped out in City Square, between Starbucks and Brunetti's, since October 15. They're inspired directly by the Occupy Wall Street protest in America, and indirectly by the Egyptian protests in Tahrir Square. The question everyone's asking, though, is what on earth do they want?



Unusually for a protest, Occupy Melbourne is unstructured - almost anarchic, in the strict sense of the word. None of the protesters have a clear single idea of what the protest is, but they all know that they love it. There are signs everywhere, protesting general left-wing causes from the mistreatment of Aborigines to the pollution of the environment.



To get a better idea of what they want, there's an explanation on their website : It's time our elected representatives actually started representing the 99% of the population who don't have enormous wealth and political influence. Who suffer the social, economic and environmental consequences of corporate greed. Who work to generate enormous wealth for a mere 1% of the population. It's a democracy thing - they feel their voice is being ignored, and they're trying to get it back. However, "they" in this instance are the original creators of Occupy Melbourne, not the individual protesters, who can be found marching for the cause of anyone and anything.

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However, there's only so much you can learn by looking at photos and reading the website. If you're really interested in what Occupy Melbourne want, go down there yourself. You can even take a poster of your own and add your own cause to the general mix. Do you have your own take on what Occupy Melbourne want? Share your ideas and stories in the comments - we'd love to hear from you.

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