Tensions Rise As Protests Expand In Boston

BOSTON (CBS/AP) — Hundreds of students from area colleges joined the Occupy Wall Street movement Monday, with a march through downtown Boston.

The protesters gathered on Boston Common and marched past the Massachusetts Statehouse carrying signs reading “Apathy isn’t working,” and chanting slogans like: “Fund education, not corporations.”

Francis Rick, a sophomore at Framingham State University, said many of her friends are deep in debt before they graduate, even while holding down part time jobs.

WBZ-TV’s Christina Hager reports

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Lana Jones reports

Other protesters said they’re angry with an education industry they say mimics what they call the “irresponsible, unaccountable, and unethical financial practices” of Wall Street.

Late Monday afternoon, protesters gathered at the North Washington Street Bridge in Charlestown. Police guarded the bridge to keep protesters from crossing.

Protesters then expanded into an adjoining section of the Rose Kennedy Greenway. Boston Police have told the group to move back to their original space, Dewey Square. The group is refusing to move back.

Boston Police say the Greenway Conservancy recently invested over $150,000 in the area that was just occupied by protesters.

Boston Police distributed a flyer late Monday, reminding protesters that if they are asked to leave a certain area and refuse, they will be arrested.

The Occupy Wall Street movement, which began with a small knot of protesters in Manhattan’s financial district, has grown steadily.

Similar protests have sprung up in other cities.

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  • The Truth

    Indoctrination isn’t cheap….pay your loans back you whiny cry babies

  • vb

    yes, being 100,000 dollars in debt when you graduate is normal, and not completley ridiculous. Being a college student who is going to be so far in debt, and with the looming possibility of not being able to find a job–i think I have all the right to be a ‘cry baby’, when the cost of education has risen so much faster than the price of living. I don’t think I deserve to be in so much debt because I chose to get a degree–the only way to get a decent job these days that will allow you to live. WAHWAH.

    • Miley

      You chose to go to college, no one forced you to do it so don’t go looking for a handout when you couldn’t afford it. Going to college is a luxury of life not a right, there is no law that says you have to go to college. You also could have chosen a college that wasn’t so expensive maybe a nice community college. So no you don’t have a right to be a cry baby, you and all the other protesters are just as bad as the corporate giants that you are complaining about getting bailouts, just because YOU chose to go to an expensive college and now that you realize you cant afford it you want a nice government handout to pay for it!

      • vb

        You cannot get a job higher than retail in this country if you do not have a bachelors degree. I am assuming you are an older gentleman, and this did not used to be the case when you graduated highschool. You could pursue a trade or find steady work and climb your way up. The world doesn’t work like that anymore. If you don’t go to college you will be forced to work at Macy’s and Sear’s selling clothes for the rest of your life. What if the community college doesn’t have the degree you need? My generation was told our futures would be golden, and that we could do anything we wanted. If we got good grades, and went to school, and got our degrees… and yet here we are out of college and no one can find a job, everyone has to move back in with mom and dad and work retail and not use that degree they paid a lot of money for. and why? because the older generations messed this country up so badly, that we will never be able to survive and live comfortably like they once did–unless we are part of the1%.

  • Okay

    Hundreds?? This doesn’t look like a couple hundred: http://www.flickr.com/photos/fishheadned/6231345155/sizes/l/in/photostream/

  • Jerry Frey

    Remember when the Chris Matthews crowd painted the Tea Party with their ideological tar brush of racism? Support for Herman Cain proves they were fools. Now, the Republicans are the ideological fools for describing the Occupy Wall Street Movement as an anti-capitalist mob of hippies.

    The middle class, the backbone and benchmark of our democracy, has been decimated. People who once lived comfortable lives and were confident about the future for themselves and their children, now live in their cars and reluctantly utilize food banks. Protestors on Wall Street who represent anger and frustration with the status quo will begin making an impact when the protests are transferred to Pennsylvania Ave. and McClean, Va.

    Social unrest, revolution, ensues when the people see nothing to lose.

    People are more important than profits. Families are more important than market share.




  • jaygee

    I’ve been waiting for the last 10 years for protests on the streets of cities across this country but not for this. Paying back student loans and a lack of jobs has infuriated college students & wannabe SDS’ers but it will all be in vain. I wonder why a 10 year war in Iraq & Afghanistan that has cost thousands of American lives, tens of thousands of wounded soldiers bot physically & mentally along with the waste of 2 trillion dollars hasn’t rattled these “socially conscious” amateurs. Oh yes……one other thing……I wouldn’t push your luck with the Boston Police. They don’t like to be intimidated by people who don’t do what they say to do.

  • BH

    I’m not suprised that this was going to happen sooner or later. Now is the time to force all of these free loading bums out of the city. Enough is enough and Mayor Menion & Comissioner Davis needs to end this nonsense once and for all.

  • Watchdog1

    Linskey and David are making Boston look like bad 3rd world dictatorships. we have our young men and woman fighting AND dying for “Freedom” Yet we can’t hold assemblies in our city because they aren’t in the proper area to protest corporate greed? The same corporate greed that nearly bankrupted a nation and now is being protested. Now mass protests-showing disgust are further being fueled by arrests of protesters?
    Officials are acting like 3rd world military thugs. This is a slap in the face of everyone in uniform “fighting for freedom ” elsewhere, while we loose it at home. These are young men and women protesting unfair economic practices.

    I find it ironic that its with the Kennedy Greenway –who’s sons fought unjust oppression with so much passion four decades earlier in the south-have it have it happening in her home town by a couple of clown cops.in charge.

    Corporate greed is being protected while those who protest it are being arrested. How foolish a police state do or will we have? . Did you learn nothing from what has happened previously?

  • response

    vb you say “My generation was told our futures would be golden, and that we could do anything we wanted. If we got good grades, and went to school, and got our degrees… and yet here we are out of college and no one can find a job, everyone has to move back in with mom and dad and work retail and not use that degree they paid a lot of money for. and why?”
    There are jobs out there, you just have to be willing to work.
    I worked while going to college (3-11) , didn’t apply for loans, went to state school and paid for my school, have a job, don’t live with mom and dad.
    I’m out there living the american dream, and really cannot understand why you can’t either.
    Start your own business. Get involved in your community. Don’t sit around and wait for people/government to make things happen for you, make things happen for yourself.

    • vb

      I do work a part time job while going to school. I am a nursing student and I am paying for my own school, but need loans. However, if I can’t find a job after school as a nurse–do you think I should maybe make a hospital? Obviously now is the PERFECT time to start a business, those aren’t failing! You are one of the VERY few in this country ‘living the american dream,’ which is a bunch of bull. And these people are not SITTING AROUND. There aren’t enough jobs, and aren’t enough jobs that pay enough so you can LIVE and pay back your school loans. Great for you that you didn’t take out loans–but obviously most people need to because even UMASS boston is over 10grand a year. I cannot work a full time schedule AND attend nursing school. Glad your life is roses–clearly the 9.1% of the country that is out of work just isn’t trying hard enough! I’d love for you to tell them so.

    • Maureen

      Oh, please, I am so sick of people who answer with “I, I, I…” – Well aren’t you just fabulous?
      To all of those saying “well, you didn’t have to go to college” WHAT ARE YOU SAYING? What is happening to this country? The Republican Party has developed a sneering disrespect for ANYONE who has gone to college – where is this country going to be in 10 or 20 years if NOBODY goes to college?

      These kids are NOT asking to be let off the hook for their loans! They just want good employment so they can pay them back! We will never be able to compete globally if higher education is hated by conservatives and if students are ridiculed.

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