For an October revolution, dress warm.
That's the word going out - politely - on the Web to rally street
protests on Saturday around the globe from New Zealand to Alaska via
London, Frankfurt, Washington and, of course, New York, where the past
month's Occupy Wall Street movement has inspired a worldwide yell of
anger at banks and financiers.
How many will show up, let alone stay to camp out to disrupt city
centres for days, or months, to come, is anyone's guess. The hundreds at
Manhattan's Zuccotti Park were calling for back-up on Friday, fearing
imminent eviction. Rome expects tens of thousands at a national protest
of more traditional stamp.
Few other police forces expect more than a few thousand to turn out
on the day for what is billed as an exercise in social media-spread,
Arab Spring-inspired, grassroots democracy with an emphasis on peaceful,
homespun debate, as seen among Madrid's "indignados" in June or at the
current Wall Street park sit-in.
Blogs and Facebook pages devoted to "October 15" - #O15 on Twitter - abound with exhortations to keep the peace, bring an open
mind, a sleeping bag, food and warm clothing; in Britain, "Occupy London
Stock Exchange" is at pains to stress it does not plan to actually,
well, occupy the stock exchange.