Occupy Sudbury protesters clearing out of park
By Carol Mulligan
Updated 31 minutes ago
Occupy Sudbury protesters received a going-away present from a Canadian icon Tuesday night, just hours after getting their walking papers from the City of Greater Sudbury.
Protesters camped out at Memorial Park since Oct. 22 were told to evict the downtown green space after a prospector’s tent they were using as a warming centre caught fire and burned early Tuesday.
Wednesday morning, a few protesters were hard at work packing up and clearing out their makeshift campsite, fuelled by pieces of a large slab cake sent to them by Gordon Lightfoot.
Lightfoot performed at the Sudbury Community Arena where the city presented him with a cake decorated with a guitar, his name and the date of his performance.
He ate one piece of it, then had his roadies deliver it to the park, said protester Mark Mahonen. He said Lightfoot’s daughter has been active in the Occupy Toronto protest.
A retired chiropractor, Mahonen said he has spent thousands of hours researching and reading about the world economic situation and its injustices.
“See, not everyone who’s out here is just some uneducated bum, you know?” he said when asked what he did for a living.
Mahonen said he relates better to people who have a simpler outlook on life and aren’t: “Me, me, me. Gimme, gimme, gimme.”
“People that are here don’t want more for themselves. They need more just to get food on the table. They want an equal share of what’s going on on Earth here, and there’s too many people not getting it.”
Mahonen said Occupy Sudbury participants are leaving the park, but will continue to be active in the community raising awareness about social injustice.
He suggested events such as flash mobs would be held to keep attention on the message of the Occupy movement.