Occupy Vancouver on the steps of the Vancouver Art Gallery
Credit: Jackie Dives

Occupy Vancouver on the steps of the Vancouver Art Gallery

Messages were big and bright, and did not skimp on meaning.

Rise Up
Credit: Jackie Dives

Rise Up

Protesters happily danced and demanded.

Beet The System
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Beet The System

More bright and clever signs. Occupy Vancouver protesters are witty with their statements. This one sums up my feelings particularly well.

The Occupy Vancouver Crowd Marches
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The Occupy Vancouver Crowd Marches

Marching the perimeter of the Vancouver Art Gallery.

Financial Criminals
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Financial Criminals

All ages with smiles on their faces.

Peace
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Peace

A protester calls for peace.

Occupy Vancouver Tents
Credit: Jackie Dives

Occupy Vancouver Tents

Here to stay. Occupy Vancouver protesters set up tents for the long haul.

Occupy Vancouver launches on the steps of the Vancouver Art Gallery

 

Occupy Vancouver, an offshoot of the Occupy Wall Street protests happening in New York, took place on Saturday, October 15, and was a mass of peaceful protesters dancing to live bands.

 

Around 5,000 showed up to the Vancouver Art Gallery to show support for the movement, happily donning placards with an array of messages. Although the crowd gathered to voice their displeasure with a number of topics, including systemic inequality, environmental oversights and the deterioration of human rights, there were no reported incidents.

 

Here's a look at the first day of Occupy Vancouver.