Newsmaker: Delvin Alfaro and Ilona Dougherty discuss Occupy Montreal
Published Thursday, October 27, 2011 2:20PM EDT
Last Updated Saturday, May 19, 2012 6:23AM EDT
MONTREAL - Two weeks ago demonstrators started occupying Montreal's Victoria Square and they show no signs of leaving.
"When we really see change, I think it's when movements like this then find NGOs or civil society to continue to support their causes. And it's really unclear as to whether that will happen in this case," said Dougherty.
"We saw in the '60s and '70s how all the social movements at that time really changed civil society. Now the environmentalist movement, the feminist movement, the anti-war movement, and i think there's a possibility, we don't know if this is going to happen yet, but occupy could have a similar effect," said Alfaro.
"There's definitely a disconnect that we see amongst the younger generation in general between traditional democratic institutions, be they political parties or even voting, and their communities and what issues matter to them," said Dougherty.
"It will be interesting to see whether these people do make that connection about how they can engage in those institutions, or whether they feel like these institutions just don't represent them. Then what happens?"
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