About Occupy Boston
October 11, 2011 by staff
About Occupy Boston, Occupy Tensions between protesters and police erupted in Boston last Tuesday morning when about 100 protesters were arrested when they refused to leave their tents at the Rose Kennedy Greenway Park.
Boston police had issued an ultimatum to protesters Monday to return to their original places of Dewey Square before the evening or would be removed, according to Reuters.
When it became clear to police that the protesters refused to budge, the agents moved in the group at around 1 am Before being taken, the demonstrators went to bed and wires attached, MSNBC reported. Some protesters are charging police brutality, saying they were punched in the face and knocked to the ground, according to reports on WBUR. The police and Mayor Thomas Menino said he would investigate the allegations
Demonstrators occupy the Dewey Square remained in Boston were not arrested, only those who had moved to new areas in the Rose Kennedy Greenway Park.
Protesters occupy Boston, whose message is one of outrage at the growing gap between rich and poor in the United States, had marched through parts of Boston on Monday and reported no arrests.
Some of the protesters are interested in comparing their movement to the Arab spring, and although the situation in Boston is very different from the brutal police repression in Egypt, the riot police arrests likely only escalate animosity on both sides.
Many stalwarts of the Arab spring have already given their opinion about it, and some have urged Wall Street Occupy and their descendants in other U.S. cities to refrain from violence and conflict. But if the protesters take advice or not, the Arab spring and has a few admirers in the youth movement led by U.S.
Laura McGowan has a full-time work six days a week at a flower shop in the Boston area and has a bed, she goes home every night. But the 33-year-old has done her part time job for the last day to pick up a signal every night during the week and weekend with dozens of protesters occupied Boston and a demonstration with a common theme: “We are the 99 per cent. ”
When asked about the inspiration for her daily attendance at Dewey Square in Boston’s financial district, referred to spreading awareness of the campaign, see American democracy in action – and the Arab spring.
“Movements like really people a sense of personal power and responsibility and hope that things can be achieved through peaceful protest,” said McGowan.
She and her father, 61 years old, Bob McGowan – “This is my first protest from Woodstock” – were among about 300 to 400 people to join the group of Dewey Square on Sunday, two days before the arrests.
They stood side by side on the sidewalk of a busy highway signs homemade cardboard. Motorists’ responses were mixed. Some shouted, “Yeah, right!” Other? “Why do not you go home now!”
Behind them, hundreds packed the small park across the street from the Boston Federal Reserve, with at least 120 tents from the beginning of the Movement is in Boston for 11 days. ISET tents in the other park were taken by police after the arrests.
For some, tactics and the overall message of the movement in the U.S. are reminiscent of Tahrir Square, in Egypt around eight months.
Christina Keating, 62, said he did not want to compare the situation in the U.S. the situation in Egypt on equal terms because they each have their unique problems. The atmosphere in the U.S. now can not be compared to Egypt before the former president, Hosni Mubarak, resigned in February.
He said the idea that “99 percent” can make a difference is an idea that catches on quickly.
During the revolution in Egypt, hundreds of thousands of people flocked to Tahrir Square, the center stage most of the protests to demonstrate against Mubarak’s three decades of rule. The large number of Egyptian protesters organized a successful campaign that saw the departure of Mubarak after only 18 days.
Keating said he remembered seeing the revolution in North Africa and the Middle East are developing and thinking: “Why do not you spend here?”
“People have been so quiet here in the last 30 years,” said Keating, who works as an artist in the Boston area. “[The Arab Spring] was inspiring to see and feel that this has to happen here. There needs to be more talk.”
The movement in the U.S. Wall Street began to occupy a group of once relatively small and disorganized in New York, camping on 17 September in the financial district of the city. It has spread to 25 U.S. cities in the last month, and even some abroad.
And while it has been criticized for lacking a coherent set of views, Keating said the message is clear: Wall Street and financial institutions are corrupt, and an American version of the Arab Spring revolution has already begun.
However, even though Iran has joined the bandwagon of this weekend, when an Iranian military commander allegedly called to protest the “American Spring”, others are not so happy with the comparison.
David Lehnart, 18, visibly cringed at the idea of ??Arab spring occupy as an influence in Boston.
“Our situation is not like them,” Lehnart. “I could not compare at all to what happened in Egypt.”
Lehnart said it was his own desire to see the return of U.S. a “fundamental principle of America” ??to leave the system as much as a person puts in. The Arab Spring was not a factor in his decision to spend the weekend in a tent with other occupants.
But McGowan, the florist, which does not seem to matter if they are in Boston is a copy of the Arab spring social media sense, or how far the movement has been influenced by their peers. She said she sees an example of a successful group of mobilizing citizens to improve the rights and increasing their self-confidence.
“The success [of the Arab spring] gives the general feeling that we can all work, he said,” and there are plenty of bad things that have been here for a very long time. “
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