Video Link: "Occupy Boston 10/10/2011: Police show their presence at new campsite."
Hundreds of "Occupy Boston" protesters were arrested last night, as police moved in on demonstrators who refused to leave a park. From the Boston Globe:
At 1:20 a.m., the first riot police officers lined up on Atlantic Avenue. Minutes later, dozens of sheriff vans and police wagons arrived and over 200 officers in uniforms and riot gear surrounded the Greenway. Police Superintendent William Evans and Commissioner Edward F. Davis watched from across the street. Evans gave the crowd two minutes to disperse from the park, warning that they would be locked up if they did not comply.
The crowd of protesters, energized by the sudden appearance of the Boston and Transit police officers, chanted, ‘‘The people united will never be defeated,’’ “This is a peaceful protest,” and “the whole world is watching.’’
About 10 minutes later, the first officers entered the park and surrounded the group. Evans, using a loudspeaker, gave one more warning and then each protester was individually put on his or her stomach, cable-tied, and dragged off as others tore down tents and arrested and detained people on the fringe of the park.
More than a hundred people taking part in the Occupy Boston protests were arrested in the early hours of Tuesday morning, after police moved in to close down a secondary tent city that had been built after the group outgrew their original footprint at Dewey Square. Two hundred police, some clad in riot gear, loaded people into vans before tearing down between twenty and thirty tents. Videos of the arrests immediately made their way around the Web, including several capturing a chaotic scene in which marchers from a group known as Veterans for Peace came into physical contact with officers.
That video is below. More live streams at OccupyStream.
(thanks, Ned Sublette!)
Video Link: "Boston Police Attack Veterans for Peace."
Video Link: "Occupy Boston: Police Action."
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