Hundreds of Occupy Toronto protesters marched from their camp site at St. James Park all the way to Nathan Phillips Square. Many called for the end to the current banking system, while others urged for a Robin Hood Tax.
Some sported Guy Fawkes masks. Others held signs stating: “Rob [Toronto Mayor] Rob Ford,” “Defend public housing” and “Corporations/elites are the scum of the Earth, the thieves, the usurpers!”
As hundreds shouted chants of “We are the 99 percent” and “The people united will never be defeated” and a gentleman speaking against the corporate establishment in his black pick-up truck, the crowd parked in front of city hall.
Upon arrival, a small group of musicians performed music of drums and whistles – many of the protesters held peace signs and danced.
As the march continued towards the financial district, there were signs in support of a Robin Hood Tax – a 0.05 percent tax on all financial market transactions that would go towards poverty and the environment.
DigitalJournal.com had the opportunity to speak with a protester who supported the Robin Hood Tax. Bryan, who did not want to reveal his last name, said the Robin Hood Tax has been proposed for quite some time and would be a key component to help stop climate change and end poverty in third world nations.
“The first time I heard about it was when an economist compared it to the Tobin Tax and I thought it would be an innovative tax on corporations who do little for our society,” said Bryan, 27, a university graduate who is working towards his masters.
A lady carrying a sign stating that she is at the Occupy Toronto protests for the nation's grand children.
“The Robin Hood Tax is small, but considering how much banks make, it would be a big help for everyone on this planet. We need any money we can after they have stolen everything from us.”
When asked if the tax would be passed onto customers, Bryan explained that it must be investigated first to ensure that something like that would not happen.
“We understand that corporations are greedy and transfer any fines or taxes they receive onto the consumer,” added Bryan. “So our elected officials must work hard to make sure they don’t screw us yet again.”
Occupy Toronto is holding a fundraiser on Sunday. The fundraiser will involve a concert at Cadillac Lounge and the selling of Rock The Vote t-shirts.