One of the more noticeable individuals at St. James Park is Kevin Clarke.
Torontonians may know Clarke as the perennial candidate for mayor of the city.
Clarke has seized upon the Occupy movement as a means to further his own political agenda, calling himself the leader of the People’s Political Party of Ontario.
He can often be found draped in a Canadian flag and preaching his politics at an incredible volume.
As Occupy protestors gathered last Sunday for a general assembly, Clarke began pacing on stage, berating the protestors for beginning the meeting at 6:30 p.m. rather than the scheduled 6:00 p.m.
He then announced, in minute detail, a meeting of the People’s Party members for the
following day at which he anticipated a “group ranging from 300 to 5, 000 people and a security presence of four to 40 officers.”
After about 10 minutes, members of the Occupy movement attempted to remove Clarke from the stage. At one point things threatened to get physical before others stepped in.
As Clarke was being led off-stage, he declared himself the “Successor to Jack Layton” and anointed a nearby police officer as “Toronto’s next police chief.”
This incident aside, tensions are visibly higher among protestors.
Sunday’s assembly was noticeably less amicable than the previous weeks’ with patience running low and considerably fewer “positive feelings” expressed towards speakers with twinkling-fingers.
Speakers were continually interrupted and the general tone was one of frustration.
Monday’s upholding of the city’s eviction won’t ease tensions. Some protestors have left while others await confrontation with police, according to a CBC report.