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At the autumn peak, about two dozen Occupy camps existed, from Edinburgh to Plymouth, Norwich to Belfast. A handful lasted into winter, but even those are now packing up. The few activists remaining on Exeter’s Cathedral Green left last week.
The camp on Bristol’s College Green, at one stage numbering 60 tents, was cleared after the final, solitary protester gave in. Occupy Edinburgh finally finished last week, while Sheffield must quit on Monday after a court order.
That leaves just Nottingham, where campers are discussing an “exit plan”; Norwich, where campers have agreed to leave their city-centre site; and the slightly incongruous-sounding Occupy Thanet, which set up camp outside the Turner Contemporary gallery in Margate, Kent, just over a fortnight ago.
Then there is London, where the flagship outpost – the sizeable if slightly diminished encampment in the lee of St Paul’s Cathedral – also faces a possible visit by bailiffs and police from Tuesday. Once that is cleared, all that will remain is a lower-profile offshoot on Finsbury Square, just north-east of St Paul’s, and a squatted former court building.
It is a similar story worldwide.Read more on the state of the Occupy protest now here.
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#Occupy supporters in Cardiff have carried a coffin through the city centre. Symbolises death of protest…— steven morris(@stevenmorris20) February 8, 2012
Steven Morris tweets from the trial in Cardiff of two men arrested after trying to set up an Occupy camp in Cardiff castle. Read a letter to the guardian from those opposing the action here. Here’s an extract:
As trade unionists, elected representatives, lawyers and campaigners, we feel that the 11 November police action constitutes an attack on the right to peacefully protest. Furthermore, the subsequent CPS decision to prosecute, far from serving any public interest, endangers free expression and risks chilling democracy. We call for the charges against Eric and Jason to be dropped. We also call on South Wales Constabulary to act responsibly when called on to “police” protest.
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- Longrigg asks:
- Does Ms. Wolf think that it'd be a good idea for one of the key questions that the Occupy Movement to ask more focefully is whether, on a finite planet, the goal of society (both left and right) should be continued economic growth?
- Naomi Wolf responds:
- I think they (like any citizen) should ask whatever they wish but THAT is a radical and crucial question in my opinion. And even MORE than most needs good explainers.
- JKMarsters asks:
- One of the main problems Occupy faces is public perception. On forums, discussion threads, even radio shows, the main image of Occupy appears to be that they're a bunch of unwashed, lazy benefit scroungers and trustafarians. This image, of course, is not correct and slightly unfair, but so long as the general public believe this to be the truth, it's easy to not take the movement seriously. With that in mind, should one of the first steps forward be to show the public that Occupiers come from all different backgrounds, cultures, ages, and different levels of education and employment?
- Naomi Wolf responds:
- Hooray for this great question too! In an electronic world appearance affects reality and yes this 'image'is not ideal. That is why if you have hundreds or thousands of trained spokepeople we will see -- the housewife, the military guy, the retiredperson etc etc and the scruffy hippie...the face of everyone. But also the civil rights movement told marchers to wear suits and the ladies dresses, gloves and hats for a reason -- it is important to communicate respect for the chance to protest and respect for the chance to speak to one's fellow citizens. People can be "themselves"while still presentig themselves in a way that does not let their opponents write them off. Act Up often wore suits when they disrupted FDA hearings and it was a better visual than torn jeans.
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More and more lists of ‘the best’ of 2011 (and the worst!) are appearing in the build up to the New Year this weekend. As well as a crop of Guardian articles looking back at the year that has been, we round up some of the other good top ten lists we’ve seen on Tumblr:
- Life publishes its favourtie photos of 2011
- apsies publishes 11 quotes from 2011
- Expressafterdeadline has this stunning year in photos from 2011
- newsweek takes a look at some of its favourite covers of 2011
- dazeddigital has some of the best of art and culture from 2011
- Top gaffes of 2011 - including Sarkozy and Obama on the Israeli PM
- Music has the best music videos of 2011 here
- Charlie Brooker on the top buzzwords of 2011 - including ‘Merkozy’ and ‘planking’
- Your books of the year 2011
- Top 10 business stories of 2011
- On the Crossword blog, 10 things Alan Connor learned in 2011
- Guardian cartoonist Steve Bell’s top political cartoons of the year
- Take the activist quiz - can you match the placard to the protest?
- Guardian Tech reviews 2011
- Instagram has a year in review in Instagram photos
- Guardian fashion team review the looks and moments of the year in this video
- Here’s storify of the tweets which made the news in 2011
- Finally check out our news review of the year interactive here
Feel free to add your own 2011 review post link by reblogging this post. We look forward to reading some more before the year is out!