Occupy Ottawa’s tents are gone from Confederation Park. But the movement’s right to use the park to exercise its freedoms of assembly and expression, which are enshrined in Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms, remains undiminished.
At least that’s the message the movement sent out with it’s Friday, November 25, General Assembly.
At 2.am on Wednesday, more than 150 Ottawa police officers stormed the park and arrested 8 defiant protesters.
No doubt, Occupy Ottawa survived the unnerving eviction. On Friday night, more than 100 rejuvenated Occupiers returned to the park for the movement’s second General Assembly since eviction.
As it turned out, this wasn’t just an act in defiance. The General Assembly was strategic. The Movement signaled its preparedness to morph into something more potent than we witnessed during the five-week occupation of Confederation Park.
It discussed and formulated tentative “way forward” proposals, including: “politicizing the movement”, “symbolic occupations”, “strategic partnerships”, etc.