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24/10/2011 13:31 BST | Updated 22/12/2011 05:12 GMT

'Occupy' Really is a Global Movement

Camp Anonymous in East Africa is intending to join the global movement known as Occupy. They've got tents, some basic sanitation and people wandering about trying to keep the place tidy. All they need are a few more essentials - wifi and laptops - and they'll be ready to connect with the worldwide web of other protestors calling for... whatever it is they're calling for.

Critics, however, are not impressed.

"Why are these scroungers camping out?" they ask. "Why don't they do an honest day's work for a change? They should smarten themselves up and get down to the Job Centre."

Police are keeping a low profile, awaiting the order to evict them. It's expected that most of the East African unwashed hippies - who prefer to refer to themselves as 'refugees' - will eventually leave and go back to... er... go back to... er... Anyway, that's their problem, not ours.

The camp even has a First Aid centre. I tried to interview one of the workers there, but she was most unhelpful, making some excuse about not having the time because a child was busy dying every few seconds. This suggests that the number supporting the campaign continues to fall.

The drop was not unexpected as the majority of people still don't understand what this movement's goals are.

Meanwhile, following the pattern of protests against poverty started in the 60s and 70s, a group of anarchists calling itself Occupied Territories has been taking over expensive properties across North America and Europe.

"We have developed the tactic of moving from place to place," an anonymous man in a suit told me. "It could be a luxury apartment in LA today, a Mediterranean villa tomorrow, one of several yachts over the weekend. We don't want to make it any easier for any jumped-up Criminal Justice system to find us."

Many of this latter group will be back at their desks for a few hours next week, proving that Occupy has attracted followers from all walks of life, while each camp reflects the differences appropriate to its cultural heritage.

Meanwhile an OAP in Gloucestershire is quietly seething, not because of his reduced winter fuel payment, not because everything is costing him more, not because many local services are being cut... but because so few people seem to make the same connections he makes.

And that is why he is proud to be a supporter of Occupy, because he would like his children, his grandchildren, and children everywhere to inherit a planet where humankind finally grows up. He believes it is time the world put moral and ethical principles above the failed financial systems that are currently running - and ruining - everyone's lives.

(Marcus writes a daily journal, with each entry exactly 2011 characters in length. Recent contributions include thoughts on Occupy LSX, a mobile phone orchestra, and the weather.)