Dozens Arrested At Occupy Boston
Police scuffle with protesters during overnight sweep.
Police arrested about a hundred Occupy Boston protesters overnight Monday after demonstrators expanded their camps on Boston’s Rose Kennedy Greenway.
Police warned demonstrators earlier Monday that they would be arrested if they did not disperse from the area near Dewey Square Park.
After a midnight deadline, they followed through on that threat.
“We had a great relationship for about ten days but this last 24 hours have been tough,” Commissioner Ed Davis said. “A group of anarchists have started to run the agenda and they weren’t listening to us or working with us.”
But between the pushing and the shoving, some protesters said police went too far.
“We got broken into by a bunch of thugs wearing badges, and some of us got knocked down,” John Ailes said. “They trashed our flags.”
“To do this in the middle of the night is brutality,” another protester said.
One by one, demonstrators were handcuffed and taken from the scene.
“I think it’s pretty clear that given the march that we had today that the whole world is watching the Boston police right now,” Chris Att said.
“The bottom line is we had to restore order in this park and we’ve done that,” Commissioner Davis said.
Police were allowing the protesters to remain in Dewey Square Park, but the question Monday morning was -- for how long? Boston police said they would evaluate that question later in the day.
The arrested protesters were set to go before a judge in Boston later Monday morning.