Boston Occupy Encampment Is Now History
46 Arrested In Peaceful Protest
By Dell Hill
Another #Occupy protest encampment is history.
“finest” moved in at 5 o’clock this morning and provided a free wake-up
call to the defiant group who remained encamped at Dewey Square.
FOX News reported:
officers swept through Dewey Square early Saturday, tearing down tents
at the Occupy Boston encampment and arresting dozens of protesters,
bringing a peaceful end to the 10-week demonstration.
began moving into the encampment at about 5 a.m. to “ensure compliance
with the trespassing law,” police spokeswoman Elaine Driscoll said. The
city had set a deadline for midnight Thursday for the protesters to
abandon the site but police took no action until early Saturday, making
Boston the latest city where officials moved to oust protesters
demonstrating against what they call corporate greed and economic
the officers moved in, about two dozen demonstrators linked arms and
sat down in nonviolent protest and police soon began arresting them,
according to the Boston Globe.
protesters were “very accommodating” to the officers, Driscoll said.
Forty-six people were arrested on charges of trespassing and disorderly
conduct, police said. No injuries were reported.
According to the New York Times:
8 a.m. Saturday, the city’s cleanup of Dewey Square was in full force,
with workers using leaf blowers and moving garbage into dump trucks.
Others had begun power-washing posters off of the building they had
adorned in the square.
the street, a couple of dozen protesters chalked messages, like “Occupy
Boston Lives,” on the pavement outside of South Station, using supplies
from the group’s “mobile sign unit.” The supplies, one housed in a
sign-making tent, were now inside a child’s wooden wagon.
One of the protesters, Steve O’Brien, a homeless 18-year-old, said he did not know where he would go now.
hoping it will be reinstated, that we go back in and set it up again,”
Mr. O’Brien said. He said he had wanted to be arrested, but that the
police told him he was too young.
The group scheduled a general assembly for Saturday night on the Boston Common to discuss its next move.
have a lot of options,” said Robin Jacks, 31, who, along with one
other, helped begin the Boston occupation. Ms. Jacks has expressed
interest in transitioning, as other groups around the country have done,
from a public occupation to action like occupying foreclosed homes.
“This is not over. There’s no way that we’re going to dispense and not be us anymore.”
Bottom Line: You’ll notice that the protesters “were very
accommodating” to the Boston Police officers - an extremely wise move on
their part because the Boston PD has a long-running reputation for take
absolutely no “guff” from anyone.
are some extremely volatile sections of Boston that require far more
muscle than brains when it comes to law enforcement and the Boston cops
are quite famous for NOT backing down from a good fight.
good friend of mine who has lived and worked in Boston for over 50
years once told me “You challenge a Boston cop and two things are going
to happen; you’re going to the emergency room and then you’re going to
jail”. Thankfully, there was none of that foolishness this time around,
but the ill-conceived idea of “occupying foreclosed homes” is not the
brightest idea I’ve heard.
Those properties are owned by the lending
institutions that issued the mortgages and entering them would
constitute a far more serious criminal offense - a felony in most