As part of World Human Rights Day (Dec 10 #D10), Occupy Melbourne is calling for Occupy protesters around the world to wear their tents for Human Rights.
The call follows two separate incidents at Occupy Melbourne in which Victoria Police and Melbourne city council officers stripped young male and female occupiers of their tent costumes, leaving them on the ground in their underwear.
The tent costumes originally gained international notoriety as the subject of the ‘Tent Monsters’ incident in which several tents at Occupy Melbourne grew legs and ran away to avoid capture, literally running circles around authorities and becoming an overnight internet meme.
Occupy Melbourne protesters conceived the ‘Tent Monsters’ strategy to highlight the absurdity of the situation which has unfolded for several weeks, in which Melbourne city council officers have been issuing Notices to Comply for tents, blankets, food, tarpaulins and other materials to remove them from the peaceful protesters in an effort to prevent the growth of the movement.
World Human Rights day will be marked in 2011 by thousands of peaceful, co-ordinated actions around the world, including the global Occupy Movement. Twitter hashtag: #D10