Post edited 12:13 pm – December 10, 2011 by seshata
As many of you know, Occupy Boston was raided last night, and the occupation in
Dewey Square was cleared out by the police. See here for pictures.
I urge you to come to the General Assembly meeting tonight at the Bandstand/Gazebo
by the Boston Common at 7pm. We need your insight, experience, and ideas about
what to do next. What do you think we should do next?
Hope to see you tonight at the Boston Common.
*FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, December 10, 2011*
OCCUPY BOSTON RAIDED
On December 10, 2011 at 5:00 AM #OccupyBoston’s Dewey Square encampment was raided
by the Boston Police Department and other officials. Thirty-five
peaceful protesters were arrested on the Rose Kennedy Greenway just two days
after Mayor Thomas Menino issued a notice of eviction. Eight others were
arrested in the streets and sidewalks surrounding Dewey Square, and three were
detained in South Station. Throughout the two-hour period in which the
arrests occurred, #OccupyBoston members remained resolute and non-violent
in the face of a disproportionately large police presence: at least 100 officers
were counted inside Dewey Square at 5:30 AM, some estimates place the count at
greater than 200.
Credentialed press, citizen journalists, academic researchers, and #OccupyBoston media
members were repeatedly corralled and moved to surrounding areas 50 feet away or
more, prohibiting many from thoroughly covering the raid. From pointing lights in photographers’ lenses
to targeting the two official #OccupyBoston USTREAM live videographers for
removal, officials went to great lengths to block media access.
You cannot evict an idea whose time has come. Boston’s Occupiers will persist in
rejecting a world created by and for the 1%. We might have been evicted, but we
shall not be moved. We remain invested in the future of our movement. We will
continue to challenge Wall Street’s occupation of our government.
We encourage everyone to join in the national conversation that has sustained #OccupyBoston for the past seventy-one days. #OccupyBoston will hold a General Assembly tonight at 7:00 PM at the bandstand on the Boston Common. We are the 99%, and we are no longer silent.
#OccupyBoston is the beginning of an ongoing conversation about fixing our world: reforming
Wall Street, removing special interests from government, preserving our civil
liberties, and much more. #OccupyBoston is just one of more than 1000 separate
Occupy movements in cities across the world and a symbol for “Occupiers”
everywhere who support real and lasting change.