The protest, largely against corporate greed, had been running in a peaceful and non-violent way for a week.
Interestingly, Melbourne City Square is itself a victim of corporate greed - half of it was sold by Melbourne City Council years ago to developers who built a hotel and shop complex on it, leaving a much smaller portion of it for the public.
Our elected leaders are out of touch with the people. Violence does not solve problems, it creates them. I think the increasing concentration of wealth in our society does not bode well for the future. I also think that the banks who caused the GFC through dodgy and illegal practices were rewarded by taxpayer funded bail-outs provided by politicians - and are continuing on with similar practices.
Things need to change. Protests such as those held by the Occupy movement are valid and part of a vibrant democracy. Quashing them with force is counterproductive and illustrates which politicians and governments are part of the problem rather than part of the solution.
- Occupy Melbourne - Greenlivingpedia
- Occupy Melbourne: eviction - Overland literary journal
- Occupy London protesters set up tent city in the City - CNN.com