Occupy Montreal tent city still growing
Published Saturday, October 22, 2011 4:44PM EDT
MONTREAL - Pitching a tent in Quebec has never been so political.
A makeshift collection of tents -- formed one week ago in Victoria Square as part of the Occupy movement -- has mushroomed and become a sort of small town, complete with a library, a kitchen and other conveniences.
The approximately 400 campers living in 200 temps spend their time talking politics and making their grievances, ideas and suggestions heard.
"I talk to people, I eat, I sleep. It's the usual life but in a new way of thinking," said demonstrator Louis Thibault. "We really function in a democratic way and stay realistic and spontaneous. That permits us to have a new kind of creativity that's not based on old ideas."
Authorities have not attempted to displace, fine or prosecute the politically-inspired campaigners who are trying to cope with the problems that come with popularity.
While some of the other Canadian Occupy protests have started to flag, Montreal's protest is starting to outgrow Victoria Square.
"We're actually debating right now which square to take over next because we have no space for tents here left--because people keep coming," said Eric Robertson, who has helped organize the Montreal gathering.