This is the english version of OccupyZuerich. It is operated by english speaking Occupy Zurich activists selectively translating text and blog posts for the worldwide english speaking audience.
Like so many Occupy movements, this one also started 15th October 2011 at the main banking place in Zurich: Paradeplatz. It was occupied for two days, until Monday 17th October, when the police came and voiced we should go, we did.
Monday 17th October we moved into the historic center of Zurich, the Lindenhof -the police and political authorities signalized we would be tolerated there. We pitched our tents and during 4 weeks the camp grew up to 60 tents and the evening GA were attended by up to 60-120 people at a time.
About 30 days later Tuesday 15th November we got evicted. A group of 30 activists did resist non-violently to the eviction and got carried away. The green/left city council never seriously considered a tolerance or permit to stay at the Lindenhof – they gave in political pressure from the right and comparing growing camp problems in the US, as a city council admited.
A few days prior eviction, the evangelical church St. Jacob offered us place to rest. Since the place was too small only a few people actually started to camp, about 20 activists, the majority started to live and reorganize themselves in several activists appartments.
November 30th 2011 it was decided at a GA to take the camp down with all the tents, as the problems with alcoholics and homeless people got beyond control with the few activists camping there. It was also decided in that GA to keep the information booth and extend it further.
Since beginning of December the Occupy movement has organized itself decentralized in several appartments in Zurich.
One main General Assemblies (GA) per week (Wednesday), workgroup meetings (Tuesday & Friday) each 19:00 at Gemeindesaal near the Stauffacher. Thursday 18:00 at University of Zurich in the Lichthof. And Saturdays at the Paradeplatz at 13:30 also an informal GA.