Occupy Miami

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Early days

In an effort to make sure their message is heard, organizers have scheduled a press conference for 10:30 a.m. They’re also planning a concert at the encampment Monday evening. This is one of several protests going on around Florida and the world to call attention to what they call financial and social inequality.

“The simple issue that this boils down to the corrupting influence of corporate dollars in political campaigns,” said Bruce Wayne Stanley. “We feel that voices of 99 percent of society are being marginalized.”

And that is what the group hopes to change with messages directed to local and federal government.

“All of our laws are written by money and not by the people and that needs to change,” said Pedro Santana.

Artist Nicole Soden created an installation that she described as a serpent eating its own tail.

“It really represents the endless path of consumption, and greed and consumerism,” said Soden.

Those are the very issues that brought Gihan Perera, director of the Miami Workers Center, to the protest to show his support.

“The message that these young people have and the people that are out here and the people of the Occupy movement is something that we’ve been facing in Liberty City and the poor sections of the community for years and years,” said Perera.

The Occupy Miami event began at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday at the Bayfront Park Amphitheatre. By 2 p.m. approximately 400 participants were in attendance. Later in the day hundreds turned to a thousand and the group marched to the Government Center in Downtown Miami.

About 30 participants, who took part in Saturday’s rally, camped out overnight and rallied again on a soggy Sunday.

“Yeah I hardly got any sleep but that’s because I was inspired, you know it was a good thing I guess,” said Kimo Nour.

“As long as it takes to be recognized because right now we’ve been branded as a bunch of liberals hippies, just bums really,” said Nour, “We’re not, we’re people just like everyone else, we’re the 99 percent.”

JoHanna Thompson set up a tent for herself and her two daughters.

“I understand that the banks and the government are giving money to their bosses who make millions and millions of dollars,” said 10-year old Jazz Thompson.

JoHanna Thompson said she hopes this will be a real learning experience for her children.

“I want them one to be able to experience what democracy looks like but I also have two young ladies coming up in America right now so I really do want them to be empowered,” said Thompson.

About 300 people took part in an Occupy Ft. Lauderdale march on Saturday and more than 1,500 people took part in an Occupy Orlando protest. [1]

Muhammed Malik connection

Very little has been written in the national mainstream press about Occupy Miami, but got some coverage in local/state news media/articles. However, a contributor to the online news-site www.freerepublic.com, from a site named "Patriot update", notified FR readers about the true identity of the founder and leader of Occupy Miami.

In the FR posting of Nov. 24, 2011, "Occupy Miami boss led ' Nuke Israel' rally", by "Impala64ssa", and "Patriot update", the following information was provided about Muhammed Malik.

"The recent executive director of the controversial Council on American-Islamic Relations' South Florida chapter is a founder and spokesman of Occupy Miami, WND has learned (World Net Daily)."

"Muhammed Malik currently is an activist with several other Islamic groups."

" He had led hate-filled anti-Israel protests in which participants were filmed wearing Hamas paraphernalia while chanting "Nuke Israel" and "Go back to the oven" - a reference to Jews being killed in the Holocaust."

"Malik has been widely quoted in the Florida news media in recent weeks speaking for Occupy Miami."

"The Miami Herald identified Malik as one of the organizers of Occupy Miami's downtown campsite headquarters."


  1. [https://miami.cbslocal.com/2011/10/17/occupy-miami-protestors-rally-for-third-day/CBS, Occupy Miami Protestors Rally For Third Day October 17, 2011 at 5:57 pm]