Occupiers build igloos ahead of World Economic Forum

By Stephen C. Webster
Tuesday, January 24, 2012 10:56 EDT
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A sign hung by protesters outside the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Image: Screengrab via YouTube.
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In preparation for the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland this week, Swiss “occupy” protesters are preparing a unique strategy to maintain their vigil in the bitter cold: igloos.

As the world’s most wealthy and powerful business leaders and government officials flock to the posh resort town, occupiers are making use of record snowfall to build temporary structures that will shelter them from the elements.

Weather forecasts show that Davos will stay below freezing this week despite an expected break from the snow. Each igloo takes several people about four hours to construct, with individual bricks of snow being formed by hand and stacked end-on-end.

Speaking to a local reporter, one of the organizers said they plan to “disturb things a little bit” during the forum, but it wasn’t immediately clear what the protesters had planned.

This video is from Reuters TV, published Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012.

Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
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