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Occupiers to protest Bohemian Grove

Published time: July 13, 2012 21:05
Edited time: July 14, 2012 01:05
Reuters / Eduardo Munoz

Reuters / Eduardo Munoz

The world’s most elite men will meet in secrecy for the annual Bohemian Grove gathering this week. And although the public won’t be allowed inside the elusive event, protesters will be on the other side of the fence as part of Occupy Bohemian Grove.

Demonstrators from around the world will descend on a plot of land around 70 miles north of San Francisco, California this week, but they won’t be granted access to see what actually happens between the members of one of Earth’s most unknown secret societies: Bohemian Grove. That shroud of secrecy that has surrounded the gathering since its start over a century ago — and what happens beneath it — is exactly why hundreds are expected to turn out in Monte Rio, California to protest the ongoing erosion of a democratic society.

Although Bohemian Grove has spawned demonstrations outside the property in the past, the spirit of the Occupy Wall Street movement will be represented this time around as protesters rally against the so-called one percent.

“Occupy groups across America, and increasingly the world, are working to expose the one percent in control of global resources who are bringing human rights repression, environmental destruction and war to humankind,” the Occupy Bohemian Grove website reads.

Although the roster of attendees that are on the guest list is kept largely classified, Dick Cheney, Newt Gingrich, Henry Kissinger and both Presidents Bush have been tied to the gathering in the past.

“We know for sure that Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan sat down and had conversation about who was going to run for president when and they made a deal,” Sonoma State University sociology professor Peter Phillips tells RT.

Radio host Alex Jones adds that the people on the private side of the fence are “the power brokers” of the world, “and they want to be left alone.”

But while the identities of those in attendance this year can be expected to be hidden from the public, those rallying against the meeting are speaking up in droves. Among those that the group expects to turn out this weekend are representatives from Code Pink, Peace and Justice Center, ANSWER Coalition, Veterans for Peace and others, including advocates rallying for a change in America’s attitudes towards human rights and both domestic and international issues.

“Representatives from these organizations and more will speak joining in coalition to create a vast cornucopia of care as a counter to the one-percent elites less than a mile away,” the site reads.

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