Thursday, October 13, 2011

More arrests, police harassment at #OccupyBoston

Today continued the Boston Police Department's trend to escalate the situation on Dewey Square, despite the fact that Occupy Boston has continually remained and affirmed its peaceful intentions and actions. The police presence surrounding Dewey Square has expanded tremendously, up to and including the BPD bringing out the cameras to video tape protesters.

That wasn't all we saw today. The AFL-CIO joined Occupy Boston today in solidarity for another march, despite the bad weather. They were forced to march on the sidewalks. Well, one person in a march of many stepped over the side walk -- and got arrested for it.

Here's a picture from after the arrest.

The protesters at Occupy Boston are more than willing to go back to the days of peaceful action with the police; the decision to escalate things with them has been purely one of Mayor Menino and the Boston Police and is completely one sided -- the protesters have remained peaceful all throughout. The people of Boston and the greater community must communicate to the Mayor and BPD their express desires that the people be allowed to peacefully assemble.


In other news, we see news of the city of Houston trying to evict their Occupy movement today, and Mayor Bloomberg himself -- days after promising he'd allow the protesters to stay indefinitely -- will be trying to evict them tomorrow morning. Bloomberg's eviction is under the guise that he's just going to come in and clean, then let people back in, but notice what he won't let those protesters come back with:
The city’s top cop said today that the Occupy Wall Street protesters who clear out of Zuccotti Park tomorrow so their filthy makeshift campsite can get a much-needed cleaning can come back when the job is finished -- but they can’t take their tents, coolers and other gear with them.

“People will have to remove all their belongings and leave the park,” Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said, “After it’s cleaned, they’ll be able to come back. But they won’t be able to bring back the gear, the sleeping bags, that sort of thing will not be able to be brought back into the park.”
Needless to say, they're trying to kill the Occupy Movement through stealth. Perhaps they figured the bad weather would do them in anyway, but discovered now that our unseasonably good weather is over that people are still sticking around and the movement is, in fact, still growing. Bloomberg will do anything to nip this thing in the bud, because he doesn't want to be paying the same tax rates as teachers and cleaning ladies on his billions of dollars. The question is will the world allow him to get away with it?

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