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Some original occupiers in Vancouver say message is lost

VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – As the City continues seeking an injunction to remove the tent city, some original organizers of Occupy Vancouver say the message is being lost.

Protesters at the Art Gallery are preparing to resist any eviction. Some of the early occupiers are speaking out through the media and social media. They say Occupy Vancouver has lost its its original message. It says it’s now more about preserving the tent city than trying to get the “99 per cent” on-board with them.

We spoke with one man who has been at the site since Day 1 and says it’s tough when there are so many voices.

“The biggest fear, I think, is outside elements coming in and trying to sabotage it,” he explains. “We have people that have never been part of the political process. They’re hearing the messages, but they’re not fully engaged.”

That part of the community at the tent city has been singled out by the Vancouver Police: the “Black bloc,” who are expected to not feel bound by the original message of non-violence at Occupy Vancouver.

City lawyers will again seek a court injunction today in Vancouver at 10 a.m.