From the Boston Globe website, timestamp 2:53am:
Boston police moved in and began arresting scores of Occupy Boston protesters who refused to leave a large part of the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway early this morning.
At 1:20 a.m., the first riot police officers lined up on Atlantic Avenue. Minutes later, dozens of sheriff vans and police wagons arrived and over 200 officers in uniforms and riot gear surrounded the Greenway. Police Superintendent William Evans and Commissioner Edward F. Davis watched from across the street. Evans gave the crowd two minutes to disperse from the park, warning that they would be locked up if they did not comply.
The crowd of protesters, energized by the sudden appearance of the Boston and Transit police officers, chanted, ‘‘The people united will never be defeated,’’ “This is a peaceful protest,” and “the whole world is watching.’’
About 10 minutes later, the first officers entered the park and surrounded the group. Evans, using a loudspeaker, gave one more warning and then each protester was individually put on his or her stomach, cable-tied, and dragged off as others tore down tents and arrested and detained people on the fringe of the park.
About 100 people were arrested, Davis said. One police officer was hit in the face. According to police, no protesters or police were injured…
Police had earlier warned the about 1,000 protesters to leave the Greenway area, where they had settled hours before, and relocate to Dewey Square or a small, adjacent strip of the Greenway.
Officials do not want the protesters, who originally settled in Dewey Square, to occupy the space across Congress Street on the Greenway because it recently underwent a renovation project where expensive improvements were added, according to Elaine Driscoll, police spokeswoman.
More at the link, probably updated by the time you’re reading this. #OccupyBoston’s twitter feed here.
There’s been a few hundred protestors, and “around a hundred” tents, camped out in Dewey Square since September 17, with the explicit permission of city authorities. According to the local newscasts Monday evening, “thousands of students from ten Boston-area colleges” took advantage of the three-day weekend and unusually warm weather to swell the ranks over the past couple of days. Organizers said that more space was needed to accommodate the newcomers; “spokespersons for the Mayor’s office” warned that despoiling city property would be prosecuted. (Since Mayor Tommy “Mumbles” Menino hates litterers and similar vandals second only to rich Haaavahd fvcks looking down their inbred noses at him, this was extremely believable to the locals.)
I hope we’ve heard the worst of this — that nobody has been seriously hurt, and that negotiations between the organizers (who have not been removed from their original Dewey Square encampment)and the city resume later this morning…