When hashtags attack! - Tactical Ninja
Nov. 9th, 2011
09:30 am - When hashtags attack!
About 45 Sydney Occupiers were evicted by 100 riot police last night. 5 of them had been squatting in an empty building to highlight the lack of inner-city housing in Australia, and about 40 people came to attempt to support them when the police showed up. They were 'moved on' by cops who broke in with grinders and arrested the 5.
In contrast, here's the statement from Dunedin police in response to the Dunedin Council's attempt to trespass the protestors to move them on:
"The Courts have made it clear that any power to trespass people protesting in a public place must be exercised reasonably, and must balance the rights and freedoms of those involved. To date Police have not been made aware of any activity by the protesters that would justify Police intervention in the protest. Police will continue to monitor the situation. We acknowledge and understand that this occupation is frustrating for both the Council and some members of the public. In the meantime, we remain willing to continue working with both council representatives and Occupy Dunedin to resolve this matter. Police have today advised the Council of our position."
I've taken a few days off from Occupy to focus on my own stuff. Last time I went I attended the Special Assembly to decide the future of the protest - it seems the decision was made to stay and activities are continuing. There is now a form for those who wish to register a workshop. The market went really well and will be done again. Occupiers around the country are now talking regularly on Skype to develop some national cohesion, and the first major combined activity is the People's Parliament on 11/11/11 (this Friday):
"The Occupied Cities of Aotearoa invite you to join us at 5.30pm on Friday to participate in real democracy at the first sitting of the People’s Parliament!
The People’s Parliament is founded on respect for all people and equality for all voices. Together we can discuss the problems that face us locally and globally, and together we can generate solutions accessible to everyone.
We must recognise that the problems facing the world today are the natural product of the institutions we have built. We can not expect the solutions to these problems to come from within these same institutions. The solutions must come from the people, united.
We believe the global problems we face require a global redesign that can only be achieved by the collaboration, cooperation and creativity of all the world's people. This redesign is happening now in 2,500 Occupied Cities around the world, and we need your input.
It is the people, not politicians, that are best qualified to create sustainable, healthy, happy communities. Together we can shape a future that is environmentally, socially and economically just for everyone.
Come put your piece into the puzzle; join us 5.30pm this Friday!"
I've been following the #mencallmethings hashtag. It was started by Sady Doyle of Tiger Beatdown in response to the way that women bloggers on the internet are subjected to gender-based abuse in ways that men are not. It's been interesting, particularly when the MRA trolls turned up to ensure that nobody will ever want to fuck them. However, it's now being taken over by one very determined poster who believes the hashtag centres cis women and therefore is a bad thing.
As a cis woman who tries very hard to be aware and respond to intersectionality, I understand where the poster is coming from but ffs sometimes things ARE about cis women, and gender-based abuse on the internet is one of those things. Trans women have it way worse but I'm not seeing anywhere in this thing where anyone's excluded trans women - and being cis does not make you immune to this kind of abuse. Just saying.
Also, when are we going to get over 'going viral' as a way of saying 'is suddenly popular on the internet'? It's starting to sound like business wankspeak.