Boston, MA [12/10/11] On December 10, 2011 at 5:00 AM Occupy Boston’s Dewey Square encampment was raided by the Boston Police Department and other officials. According to a story run by The Boston Globe, “Hundreds of Boston police officers swooped down on the Occupy Boston encampment early this morning, arresting dozens of protesters and tearing down tents, bringing an end to the 10-week rally against economic inequality, the longest continual Occupy demonstration in the country.”
Thirty-five peaceful protesters were arrested on the Rose Kennedy Greenway just two days after Mayor Thomas Menino issued a notice of eviction. Eight others were arrested in the streets and sidewalks surrounding Dewey Square, and three were detained in South Station. Throughout the two-hour period in which the arrests occurred, according to Occupy Boston, Occupy Boston members remained resolute and non-violent in the face of a disproportionately large police presence: at least 100 officers were counted inside Dewey Square at 5:30 AM, some estimates place the count at greater than 200. However, The Boston Globe reported that according to Boston Police spokeswoman Elaine Driscoll, the operation was fast and went well. “At least 46 protesters were arrested in the lightning-swift operation, which was over in less than an hour. The vast majority are facing trespassing charges,” Driscoll said to the Boston Globe.
A SturgisJournal.Com video by the Associated Press shows the Occupy Boston protesters’ eviction from Dewey Square. The AP video confirms that 46 people were “peacefully evicted” although some minor defiance was shown.
Credentialed press, citizen journalists, academic researchers, and Occupy Boston media working group members were repeatedly corralled and moved away to surrounding areas at least 50 feet away or more, prohibiting many from thoroughly covering the raid. From pointing lights in photographers’ lenses to targeting the two official Occupy Boston USTREAM live videographers for removal, police officials went to great lengths to block media access.
As said by many participants of Occupy Boston “You cannot evict an idea whose time has come.”
Boston’s Occupiers will persist in rejecting a world created by and for the 1%. Occupy Boston might have been evicted from Dewey Square, but we shall not be moved. We remain invested in the future of our movement. We will continue to challenge Wall Street’s occupation of our government.
We encourage everyone to join in the national conversation that has sustained Occupy Boston for the past seventy-one days. Occupy Boston will hold a General Assembly tonight at 7:00 p.m. at the bandstand on the Boston Common. We are the 99%, and we are no longer silent.
Occupy Boston started in Dewey Square in Boston on September 30, 2011 and has been directly inspired by our brothers and sisters at Occupy Wall St. in New York, and we stand in solidarity with them. The continuing occupation was in Dewey Square—located outside of South Station in the heart of Boston’s Financial District—was just one of more than 120 separate Occupy encampments in cities across the nation and a symbol for “Occupiers” everywhere who support real and lasting change. Occupy Boston was the longest remaining encampment until December 10, 2011. The spirit of Occupy Wall Street has spread nationwide, and has an unofficial hub at Occupy Together. While these different occupations share many goals and attitudes, they each operate independently, and there is no national organization that can speak for all occupations. For more information visit http://www.occupyboston.org/
To find out more about The Rainbow Times’ coverage of Occupy Boston, please check out the following news story on the 99 percenters:
The 99-percenters of Occupy Boston proud not to belong to the remaining 1% by TRT’s own Casey Rocheteau