Early Tuesday morning, Boston Police arrested protesters and demolished a new camp that Occupy Boston protesters had established on Monday, according to a wide variety of reports on Twitter.
The original Occupy Boston protest zone near South Station remains intact.
Sean Ryan, a former candidate for City Council, posted a photo of Police Commissioner Ed Davis standing in the area that had been cleared.
According to scanner traffic, the charges against those arrested could include “unlawful assembly” and “entering and remaining in a city park after 11 p.m.”
“Protestors have been asked to return to their original camp site on the Greenway and leave the area of the Greenway by Pearl Street where they expanded to earlier today,” said a statement from Boston Police Media Relations. “That particular section of the Greenway recently underwent a renovation of the green space by the Greenway Conversancy. We have been communicating that request to protestors in various ways including in person, Twitter and flyers.”
According to police, print copies of this message were distributed at the second camp that was later dispersed:
The Boston Police Department has continued to respect your right to peacefully protest. The BPD is also obligated to maintain public order and safety. We ask for your ongoing cooperation.
What the BPD expects from Occupy Boston Participants:
• Respect police instructions and, if asked to leave an area, please do so peacefully, taking your belongings with you.
• Don’t engage in negative behavior, such as fighting, throwing objects, or destroying property.
• If you are noticed by the BPD that you are unlawfully assembling, or trespassing, you will not be allowed to remain in the area. Please immediately leave the area with your belongings, or you will be subject to arrest.
What Occupy Boston Participants can expect from the BPD:
• BPD will arrest those knowingly in violation of the law if necessary.
• Police will employ the use of video-cameras in areas surrounding the Rose Kennedy Greenway. The video will be used to capture the images of individuals who are engaging in disorder. Those images will then be used to lodge criminal complaints in a follow-up investigation conducted by Boston Police detectives.
• Officers will conduct themselves in a professional, respectful and proportional manner.
Know the Laws:
• In the event that 5 or more armed people or 10 or more people are unlawfully, riotously or tumultuously assembled, the police can demand that they immediately and peaceably disperse.
• Any person who unlawfully assembles and does not disperse after being ordered is subject to arrest and imprisonment of up to 1 year or a fine between $100 and $500.
• Remaining upon land of another after having been forbidden to do so by a person who has lawful control over the premises.
• Any person who trespasses is subject to arrest and imprisonment of up to 30 days or a fine of up to $100.