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  • We arrived at the parks a little after 12:30 on Sunday morning. The deadline for eviction had passed at 12:01AM, and the streets around Chapman and Lownsdale squares were full of people. Many had come to observe exactly what would happen after the deadline passed--would there be violence, tear gas, pepper spray, a riot? Others were there to show support to the occupiers, to be a human barrier in case the police descended on the encampment with batons and horses. Some had come to voice their own hopes and demands.

    I ran into this gentleman at the corner of Salmon and 3rd, and was struck by him and the placard he carried. "Modify Loans." It made me think more of a loan officer than a radical protesting in the streets. Yet here he was, in the middle of the night, drawn out of his home because something was actually happening downtown, something that made him paint a sign and stand on a street corner with other people he didn't know and be counted as one of them.

    This was different. This was a movement.

    This, it seems, was only the beginning.
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