Inside the occupation - Page 4

With its general assemblies, People's Mic, and chants of 'We are the 99 percent,' OccupySF gains momentum despite a police crackdown

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Occupy SF marches through the Financial District on Oct. 5 chanting "Make banks pay" and "We are the 99 percent."
GUARDIAN PHOTO BY LUCY SCHILLER

That the movement has no "one message" has in many ways worked to their advantage. It seems hundreds of thousands of people with varying issues and concerns can all agree that an elite class, embodied by Wall Street, has far too much power and money, and that the people must unite against the sorry state of this system. As I looked in the officers' eyes, I wondered how long even their disconnect from the protesters will last. Most are, after all, the 99 percent too.

After the General Assembly held the street for an hour, police requested that they please move to the sidewalk. A consensus vote decided to oblige. An assembly member proclaimed, words booming with the roar of the People's Mic, "Let us remember that we took this street, and we could have held it if we wanted to."

This is the kind of power many haven't felt in a long time. And I get the feeling that no one intends to relinquish it any time soon.

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