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Protestors gather at an Occupy Montreal movement demonstration in Montreal, Saturday, November 26, 2011, a day after the camp was dismantled by authorities. (Graham Hughes/THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes/THE CANADIAN PRESS)
Protestors gather at an Occupy Montreal movement demonstration in Montreal, Saturday, November 26, 2011, a day after the camp was dismantled by authorities. (Graham Hughes/THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes/THE CANADIAN PRESS)

Occupy plans 'flash occupations' in Edmonton, meetings in Montreal Add to ...

Occupy protesters whose camp was dismantled in downtown Edmonton last week say they will engage in “flash occupations.”

They say the gatherings will last anywhere from 10 minutes to 24 hours.

Protesters say the mini occupations are intended to highlight issues of injustice.

The Edmonton group has also decided to launch an online service called “occupy solidarity squads.”

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Occupy leaders say they will go through online requests and select people who need help dealing with their bank, employer or government.

“They no longer have to face it all alone. Now they have a group, a solidarity squad, and a movement to back them up,” Occupy Edmonton spokesman Phil Shaw said in a release Thursday.

“We have set up a local solidarity squad and put the word out that no boardroom is safe, no corrupt bank deal will go unchecked and no more will we deal with these attacks alone.”

Prominent occupy sites in several cities across the country have been shut down by police.

In Montreal, Occupy protesters are on the move again.

First, they got the boot from a square dedicated to Queen Victoria. Now, they're getting evicted from a spot that will pay tribute to the late, great writer Mordecai Richler.

This latest eviction is being prompted by renovations that have begun at their latest rallying point — a gazebo being dedicated to Mr. Richler.

A small group had been gathering there after police dismantled the larger protest in Victoria Square, in the financial district where demonstrators had been camping out for six weeks.

Last Friday, a small group started camping out nightly in the rusty gazebo in the city's Mount Royal park.

But city workers equipped with chainsaws began cutting apart the wooden floor of the gazebo this morning.

The dilapidated structure is being refurbished and will be converted into a speaker's corner by next summer, for the 10th anniversary of Mr. Richler's death.

Mr. Richler's gravesite is further up the mountain, above the gazebo.

There were no Occupy protesters in sight this morning and the gazebo was empty when workers started hacking up the floor.

The group is still hoping to keep the movement alive by meeting every Saturday at Victoria Square, the site of their original camp. They are also making plans for small meetings throughout the city.

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