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Protesters, many affiliated with the Occupy Wall Street movement, prepare to march on the first day of the NATO summit on Sunday.
Occupy is as much a lifestyle as a political movement. Like any subculture, it has its own fashions, its own music, and its own slang. The next time you’re at a protest, try playing Occupy Bingo. Take along this list and see how many of these you can spot. (Your Ward Room Blogger saw all of them at Sunday’s anti-NATO march.)
-- Bandanna worn around the neck, in case of tear gas attack.
-- Corporate American Flag, with logos of multi-national corporations in place of stars.
-- Anarchy tattoo
-- Chuck Taylor All-Star gym shoes
-- Sign or t-shirt displaying a fist
-- “99%” on a button, sticker, sign or t-shirt
-- Woman with unshaven legs
-- Man wearing a beard, but no moustache
-- Rainbow flag
-- Guy Fawkes mask
-- Canvasser collecting signatures for a Green Party candidate
-- Red flag
-- Hare Krishna in saffron robe
-- Blond dreadlocks
-- Free vegan food
-- A man holding a fishing pole with a donut at the end of the line, to bait cops
-- One-speed bicycle
-- Tie-dyed t-shirt
-- Palestinian scarf, also known as a keffiyeh
-- Poster with quote from Martin Luther King Jr.
-- Lawyer’s telephone number written on arm
-- Shirt with photo of Che Guevara gazing off in the distance
Occupy Bingo. It's a good way to pass the time while listening to speaker after speaker talk about "peace," "justice," "imperialism" and the "the people." (You get points for overhearing those words as well.)
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