Media Wrench Vault Series: Eviction/the Art of War

When the police evicted the people from the camp at St James in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, they brought eviction notices for all the tents. Union members from all over came to show solidarity. Upon receiving the notices, the camp went into full swing, calling out for support and preparing themselves for the hardest part of the 40 day Occupy in Toronto. Many came out to show their support, and momentum was at its fullest when… Nothing happened. The momentum from the support shown made the Toronto Police decide to use the reaction as a tactical opportunity. Every day they would post notices on the tents declaring they would be removed that at midnight, and everyone would rally against the coming opposition. Five days into this (part of the) psychological operation, they posted one final note, and took advantage of the exhaustion the next morning to evict Occupy Toronto in a move straight out of Sun Tzu’s Art of War.

Induce them to adopt specific formations

Test them to find out where they are sufficient and where they are lacking.

When you do battle, even if you are winning, if you continue for a long time it will dull your forces and blunt your edge; if you besiege a citadel, your strength will be exhausted. If you keep your armies out in the field for a long time, your supplies will be insufficient.

Learn what you can from this classic tactic.


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