Occupy Dunedin is occupying the Dunedin Octagon no more, with the protesters pulling down their tents and tarpaulins in the city centre today.
The handful of remaining protesters have this afternoon ended their 66-day occupation of the Octagon for the Christmas period and foreseeable future.
It was unclear whether they would return, or what the next phase would entail, member Kieran Trass told the Otago Daily Times this afternoon.
"This is not a battle to be won in the media."
The Occupy movement seems to have run out of steam in a number of places. With luck, the Auckland Council will be granted a permanent injunction any day now which will allow them to evict the protesters who have taken over (and damged) Aotea Square since mid-October.
The lure of Christmas at home must have been too strong for the Dunedin mob, and so they have departed. Let's hope that their counterparts around the country are similarly filled with so much Christmas cheers that they feel compelled to pack up and go home. It would be the best Christmas present that Len Brown especially could receive!