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Vets try protecting OWS Boston from police beatings

Update: Approximately 2:00 a.m.

The police Commissioner was heard saying there were 100 arrests at the Boston North Encampment for �unlawful assembly and criminal trespassing.

The camp appears to be gone.

One of the remaining protesters was heard saying, “They can destroy the camp but they cannot destroy the movement.”

The remaining small number of protesters have been chanting something new, “March to jail.”

via Breaking News: Vets try protecting OWS Boston from police beatings (video) – National Human Rights | Examiner.com.

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Occupy Wall Street: Anonymous Release Images Showing Police Violence Against Boston Protesters

Following the arrest of as many as 50 participants in the Occupy Boston movement, hacker collective Anonymous has released images showing police violently apprehending protesters.

Following the arrest of as many 50 participants in the Boston wing of the ongoing Occupy series of protests, hacker collective Anonymous has released images showing police violently apprehending protesters.

Reports emerged early Tuesday alleging that police had arrested more than 50 participants in the Occupy Boston movement for trespassing. The arrests reportedly began at around 1:30 a.m ET after protesters ignored warnings by the police to return to their official campsite.

The tensions began when participants in the Occupy Boston protest moved from their official Dewey Square campsite to the Rose Kennedy Greenway. Police had reportedly previously sent leaflets to the protesters confirming they couldn’t use the Greenway.

Since news of the arrests broke, the Anonymous collective released a series of photos showing the arrests, alongside a statement criticising the police treatment of the protesters.

“This morning the biggest mass arrest in Massachusetts since a huge 1968 Vietnam protest,” read the Anonymous statement.

“The protesters had moved from Dewey Square to a second site across the street. A local conservancy group recently planted $150,000 worth of shrubs along the greenway and officials said they were concerned about possible damage. MORE IMPORTANT SHRUBS THAN PEOPLE.”

The arrests all occurred during an offshoot protest stemming from the original Occupy Wall Street movement in New York City. Since news of the arrests broke, the hacker collective has issued a statement promising to enact a revenge attack on the New York Stock Exchange. But the exchange said its site wasn’t compromised.

via Occupy Wall Street: Anonymous Release Images Showing Police Violence Against Boston Protesters – International Business Times.

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Police Arrest Protesters, Demolish Camp in Financial Zone – Jamaica Plain, MA Patch

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:

Unlawful Assembly

• 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.

Trespassing

• 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.

via Police Arrest Protesters, Demolish Camp in Financial Zone – Jamaica Plain, MA Patch.

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Boston Police Throw American Flag To Ground, Arrest Veterans, Trash Property To Protect ‘Green Space’ From 99 Percent | ThinkProgress

Before the arrests and clearing of the park, the police surrounded it, lining up over a dozen paddy wagons along one side. They told members of the media to leave and not to film proceedings. After a five-minute warning to disperse, police moved in, first arresting the peacefully protesting veterans — who included a female veteran of the Iraq War, according to the Boston Phoenix — and then other Occupy Boston activists. According to Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis, about 100 arrests were made.

The police then tore down the protesters’ encampment. Live feeds from onlookers showed Boston Police dumping dismantled tents, signs, and chairs into waiting garbage trucks, destroying the protesters’ property.

Tuesday morning’s mass arrest marks the first significant confrontation between police and Occupy Boston. Activists in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street began an occupation of Dewey Square Park, a small park in the heart of Boston’s financial district on Friday, September 30, without conflict. The number of participants in Occupy Boston outgrew the space over the week. On Monday morning, dozens of protesters set up a new occupation on the Rose Kennedy Greenway between Pearl and Congress Streets, one block northeast of Dewey Square. Over the course of the day, the Boston Police Department issued warnings to the occupiers of the new encampment that they were at risk of arrest because of potential damage to the greenway.

Over Twitter, a department spokesperson warned activists the police wanted to “curtail additional damage to newly developed green space” because “the Greenway Conservancy recently invested over $150,000 in new plantings for all to enjoy.” The Greenway Conservancy is a private non-profit organization that raises funds for the public park. Its board is comprised of several of Boston’s wealthiest financiers.

Before the mass arrest and destruction of the second Occupy Boston encampment, police media relations issued a statement that “the Boston Police Department respects your right to protest peacefully.

via Boston Police Throw American Flag To Ground, Arrest Veterans, Trash Property To Protect ‘Green Space’ From 99 Percent | ThinkProgress.

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