CERA Head Office - Occupied
For half an hour the offices held by CERA were brought to a standstill. On Monday 7th November 30 protestors arrived on mass to deliver a message - the corporatised emergency response and the unneccesary destruction of 100's of heritage buildings in the CBD of Christchurch has to stop.
What began as a run of the mill rally, with various opposition parties lobbying for their two minutes on the microphone and the 100 plus crowd being told that the answer lays in the ballot box; soon became something much more.
The group were invited to join the organisers of the rally to deliver in person a board of messages from the people of Christchurch. A dozen folk from Occupy Christchurch were among the crowd. After we spoke to a number of individuals who all shared their frustrations regarding the very low level of resistance that was being expressed, we soon found ourselves chanting louder and louder as we neared the CERA building.
In the foyer we found ourselves surrounded by suits and latte' drinking business folk - the reverance and hushed silence was broken by the chant, shared by all, of "OCCUPY! OCCUPY! OCCUPY!"
We found ourselves on the second floor office of CERA where the messages were handed over and where the 30 or so people that managed to get up the elevators made their concerns and issues clear to the official representatives on site.
For 30 minutes the CERA office was in the hands of the people - as it always should have been. We turned to leave, only to meet three police officers on ther way up to deal with the situation, with a wink and a smile we were back in the lobby and back on the streets to share our stories and to make incredibly strong links with our wider community.
There is raw footage that is currently being edited and due to be posted on the occupy christchurch blog soon. Happy days!
Pickets, movies, discussions, festivals, free markets, free food, safe spaces, family friendly, workshops...if you haven't drop by to your local occupy - "where the bloody hell are ya?" ;)