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Manuel Castells Speaks at Occupy London

by Katia Savchuk

Manuel Castells, the Spanish sociologist known for his work on urban social movements and information networks, visited the Occupy London encampment yesterday. Addressing a crowd seated on the steps of St. Paul's Church, he spoke on the nature of the current economic and social crisis, the importance of nonviolence and the potential of online communication and urban occupation as complementary political tactics.

I recorded his talk from the steps of St. Paul's (with apologies for not having a tripod along).

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