Dozens arrested during 'Occupy Boston' protest

POSTED: Tuesday, October 11, 2011 - 12:39pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, October 11, 2011 - 12:39pm

Police arrested about a hundred Occupy Boston protesters overnight Monday after demonstrators expanded their camps on Boston's Rose Kennedy Greenway.

Police warned demonstrators earlier Monday that they would be arrested if they did not disperse from the area near Dewey Square Park.

After a midnight deadline, they followed through on that threat.

"We had a great relationship for about ten days but this last 24 hours have been tough," Commissioner Ed Davis said. "A group of anarchists have started to run the agenda and they weren't listening to us or working with us."

But between the pushing and the shoving, some protesters said police went too far.

"We got broken into by a bunch of thugs wearing badges, and some of us got knocked down," John Ailes said. "They trashed our flags."

"To do this in the middle of the night is brutality," another protester said.

One by one, demonstrators were handcuffed and taken from the scene.

"I think it's pretty clear that given the march that we had today that the whole world is watching the Boston police right now," Chris Att said.

"The bottom line is we had to restore order in this park and we've done that," Commissioner Davis said.

Police were allowing the protesters to remain in Dewey Square Park, but the question Monday morning was -- for how long? Boston police said they would evaluate that question later in the day.

The arrested protesters were set to go before a judge in Boston later Monday morning.

The Occupy Wall Street movement started in New York but is now spreading across the nation. A protest began last week in New Orleans, and a group is considering beginning here in Baton Rouge. We want to know your thoughts about the protest. Do you think it would be wise to start a movement in Baton Rouge? Tell us your thoughts on the NBC33 Facebook page.

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