On Saturday October 15th, thousands of cities around the world rose up in solidarity with the demonstrators from the Occupy Wall Street protests that began on September 17th 2011 in Manhattan’s financial district. At 9:30 am local time, demonstrators began to pour into Square Victoria, adjacent to Montreal’s financial district and minutes walk from the World Trade Center. Demonstrators of all ages, ethnicities, political beliefs and professions came to participate in the occupation and show their support through the day, some with their families and some sporting masks. Though the messages on banners and t-shirts varied greatly, one thing that everyone had in common was a growing frustration with the corporate control of our democracy and the concentration of wealth in 1% of our population.
Below are a selection of my photos from Day 1 of the Occupy Montreal demonstration on October 15th. If you would like more information about Occupy Montreal, please check out the facebook page and website. For more photos and continued coverage please check out my Occupy Montreal Flickr set. Watch an interview with David Suzuki.