Occupy: legitimacy to be on the public space

Since 2011 a series of protests against the schizophrenic logic of capitalism has been occurring around the world. The even has they own brand name: Occupy. The main idea is to occupy public places, mainly squares and plazas, in order “speak” with the governs and the economic power. It starts in New York with the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) on September 17, 2011, in Zuccotti Park, located in New York City’s Wall Street financial district and quickly spread out to other places in the States and the world.

Despite the peaceful character of the movement, it was disproportional reprehend by the enforcement power of the state. The police were instructed to remove the protesters from the public space, where they have the constitutional right to be. In some cases, the violence used by the police results in the death of some people.

In the other side of the city, a parade was happening. A homage to the traditions and history of the country. It was also a peaceful movement and attracted more thousands of people the occupy the streets and plazas of the area. But not repression or death. In fact, the police help the movement to flow without any causalities.

Why? What makes these two movements so different? And why the government responses are so contrasting?s