The difference between the occupy shanty towns and Tea Party rallies was simple: Whereas the people attending the Tea Parties, showed up in large groups, expressed their opinions and left to go on with their lives, the occupiers chose to be penned in a tiny area, mostly away from the people they wanted to bother, and settled in comfortably. They did not lose when they were removed from the park: They had lost the moment they chose to be penned in and become a tourist attraction.
Yes, it is fun to gather around, meet new people, chant, meditate, give out free empathy and eat some good food, but it does nothing to empower people to solve anything.
When I stopped by for a second time on Friday, November 11 because I happened to be in the area, the scene was no different than the first time I had happened on the camp: There were scant few occupiers visible. Say, maybe a couple of hundred. It was hard to count what with all the camera crews, tourists and vendors milling about. At one point, they organized a Veterans' march, a short part of which you can view below. If you look carefully, you can make out some of the media members that seemed to be covering everything. Photos after the video.
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