Hundreds flock to ‘Occupy Boston,’ halting police eviction
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.