Hundreds flock to ‘Occupy Boston,’ halting police eviction

By Stephen C. Webster
Friday, December 9, 2011 10:54 EDT
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Protesters at "Occupy Boston," staging a musical protest as a deadline for their eviction passed without incident. Image: Screenshot via The Boston Globe.
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Protesters with “Occupy Boston” were still occupying Dewey Square on Friday morning, after the mayor’s deadline for them to leave passed to much fanfare as hundreds flooded into the park to show solidarity with the group.

Mayor Thomas Menino had ordered the protesters to leave the park by midnight or face eviction. So, the majority of them packed up their camp equipment and called for people to come join their “dance party” later Thursday night, then they did just that as police looked on.

The call for support drew about 1,000 people into Dewy Square by midnight, and police ultimately did not move to evict the crowd.

While there were no serious incidents of violence, two were arrested after they moved their tents into a nearby street and blocked traffic in an act of civil disobedience.

The group said they’re planning to hold a general assembly in Dewy Square tonight at 7 p.m.

This video is from The Boston Globe, published Friday, Dec. 9, 2011.

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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