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Occupy Vancouver Day 1: pictures

Photos by Zi-Ann Lum

Occupy Vancouver attracted nearly 4,000 people to the Art Gallery on Saturday.

Marches, speeches and musical breaks helped kick off a localized version of the homegrown anti-capitalism protest phenomenon.

A mix of messages and agendas emerged throughout the day. Everything from ethical agriculture, marijuana decriminalization, and proper disposal of garbage truck liquid runoff was touched upon.

Rotating speakers shared issues though the community microphone, while many turned to Twitter and others relied on ink and cardboard to display  commentaries and discontent.

Prior to the arrival of protesters, "no in ground staking" signs were placed by city employees on the east side of the gallery's mulch and dirt lawn.

The rule, an effort to challenge occupiers' objective of indefinite occupation at the VAG, was met with a creative solution as many long-term focused occupiers brought sandbags to keep tents grounded.

Here's a group of photographs report of the signs and banners that captured the attention of citizens and media on day one of Occupy Vancouver.

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