Occupy Calgary loses ground

 Photos by: Bryan Weismiller

Occupy Wall Street started in New York City’s Zuccotti Park when protesters took residence in early September 2011.  Slating social and economic disparities, the movement spread to cities worldwide, including Calgary. The local campers started as a formidable force on Oct. 15 when hundreds rallied in support.

However, numbers have dwindled since the beginning. Protestors were warned and then ticketed, before unoccupied tents were eventually confiscated from Olympic Plaza around 11:30 p.m. on Nov. 21.

The group attempted to recover a day after the city’s crackdown, but their support had obviously waned. Protestors were too shorthanded to begin their planned morning march to City Hall, and seemingly settled for jumping into a media scrum with the city’s bylaw boss later that afternoon.

With clampdowns happening globally, Occupy Calgary may be packing up tents before long.