Originally Posted by Acting Like Godot
Apparently there was an attempt to organise a similar event in my country (Singapore) too.
At first I thought it was a bit silly because the area they planned to occupy is so crowded on weekdays that it looks perpetually "occupied" anyway.
Then it appeared that the organisers realised it too. So they changed their plans and said that they would do the occupation on a Saturday instead.
The problem is that the same area becomes a ghost town on Saturdays and Sundays and no one will be there to pay any attention to the protest except the protestors themselves.
About 20 protesters showed up. They left after a few hours when it became evident that nobody was interested in them.
As I said, Raffles Place is a ghost town on weekends. They're lucky if they can get a burger after 5 pm, LOL.
I have to admit, although I lean towards support of the movement, the visual of this gave me a chuckle.
A somewhat similar (non-)event happened around my area, in Orange County, California. As a bastion of conservatism, you'd think protesters would be here in force, but, unfortunately for them, there simply is no place to congregate.
The did promote an gathering in the "financial district" of Irvine, but, the term "financial district" is quite a misnomer, since there's only one fairly small thrift located in that area. Since it is so conservative, pretty much the whole county is a "financial district" anyway.
Nonetheless, about 20 or so people did gather to "occupy" a parking lot in which a friend of mine worked (for an engineering firm). We couldn't help but laugh as he described the scene from an office window, with the one
"We Are the 99%" sign being waved energetically.
What they didn't know, of course, is that my friend and I are activists, ourselves (though somewhat retired from that activity), and that in our day, we burned the U.N. flag. We've long understood and voiced similar concerns as these younger folk, and we both found it rather humorous that they should be waving flags at building full of people that are really 99-percenters, themselves.
People are fed up, I know. But, it never strikes me as anything less than comical, those few who jump on the bandwagon, not having any idea what bandwagon they're even jumping on.