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Police Arrest 141 ‘Occupy Boston’ Protesters

BOSTON (CBS) – The relatively peaceful ‘Occupy Boston’ protests took an ugly turn early Tuesday morning.

Boston Police say they arrested 141 people after demonstrators left their base camp and occupied an area of the Rose Kennedy Greenway that was off-limits.

Police said they communicated to the protesters to vacate the second camp by Twitter, flyers and in person.

Photos: Occupy Boston Arrests

Part of the incident was recorded by protesters who put their video on YouTube.

arrests Police Arrest 141 ‘Occupy Boston’ Protesters

One of the dozens of people arrested Tuesday morning.

Protesters were previously told they could gather without a permit, as long as they stayed within the confines of Dewey Square.

“This is a brand new area that the Greenway put a lot of resources into and they filled it up with all kinds of tables and tents and were making it a place to camp out. It’s not what it’s intent is,” Superintendent-in-chief Daniel Linskey told WBZ NewsRadio 1030.

“This is the first day the communication broke down between the protesters and the police,” Police Commissioner Ed Davis told WBZ NewsRadio 1030.

“The people who we had been speaking to for ten days make it clear that there were a group of anarchists that were uncontrollable that had taken charge. So, when they decide they’re going to shut down large sections of the city or go into areas that we’ve said are off-limits, we have to deal with them accordingly.”

Philip Anderson of Occupy Boston told WBZ-TV that’s not what happened.

“If that were true why were over 100 people arrested by the Boston Police Department?” he asked.

Read: Menino Disputes Police Brutality Claims

“Boston police beat union workers, beat students, beat veterans holding the American flag,” says Anderson. “And we just find that an unacceptable response to a demonstration that we were holding.”

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Lana Jones spoke to a veteran who was arrested.

Anderson said the relationship with police started well but “apparently we crossed a line in the sand that Boston Police had put down and our relationship did change last night. Their response was deplorable. It was violent. People were injured. People were denied medication. Hundreds of people were arrested and our relationship has changed. We’re not really sure where it’s going to go.”

In a statement Tuesday, Boston Police said:

“Although our officers faced active resistance from protesters including being spit on, our officers maintained a respectful, professional and proportional posture. If any individual experienced a concern about their interaction with an officer that individual is encourage to come forward and report that information to the department. At this time, we have not received any such complaints.”

WBZ-TV’s Bill Shields reports

WBZ-TV’s Christina Hager reports

Those arrested were charged with unlawful assembly and criminal trespassing. The protesters were going tent-to-tent to collect bail money for the arrested. They had raised about $4,000 by sunrise.

WBZ-TV Political Editor Jon Keller looks at possible political repercussions from the movement

According to the Suffolk County District Attorney, most of those arrested had no prior records and had their misdemeanor trespassing charges amended to civil infractions at prosecutors’ request.

A small number insisted on proceeding criminally. Another small number had criminal records, and they were arraigned with court dates in December.

Some lawyers have volunteered their services to represent protesters at Boston Municipal Court.

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  1. Watchdog1 says:

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

    1. blackbear1 says:

      Watchdog you need to be protesting in front of the White House in DC . If you have listened or read you who see and hear that you do not have one clear message. It is a mix and medley of messages. You also need to go home to shave and shower as well as to clean up the litter.

      1. Kimmy says:

        People need some directions, and right now no one has any solid direction. We need answers to help this country/economy.

        http://www.dailyjobcuts.com

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    2. b.mclane says:

      You are being played, fool. Obama and his gang of thugs backed by Geo. Soros money have planned riots in this country all along. Van Jones has declared it for 2 years!! Why do you think Obama doesn’t care about his own disapproval ratings?? You are just step one of his “useful idiots” plan. Tarp, Bush’s Plan, was a success. That money was paid back with interest. Obama and the DEMS are who bailed WALL STREET out in the Stimulus. He has taken more WALL STEET money than any other President. Your too uneducated to know what really is going on.

      1. kp says:

        you lack too many facts to call another person “uneducated”, troll.

      2. kp says:

        you lack too many facts to call another person “uneducated”, troll.

    3. JTHeron says:

      The nation is being bankrupted by tax leeches and welfare slugs who pay no taxes ( like hard working americans who often work for the ‘evil corporations’ ) and keep asking for “more more more”.

      Brainwashed lemmings who think they are entitled to freebies and are being led by the hose to direct their anger at the very source of all of the goodies they enjoy – iPods, cell phones, computers, cars, all of these things created by corporations and the people who took the risk to start them.

    4. jack farrell says:

      go get a job,dirt bag,,,your too stupid to live free,,,,

      1. CHANGE WE CAn BEREAVE IN says:

        “ALL WE ARE SAYING… IS GIVE WEED A CHANCE”
        http://www.GetADamnJobYouHippie.org

    5. patmurphy1965 says:

      If they want my support and the support of middle America i.e., the working class, they need to focus their efforts on the source of the problem; that would be Washington DC. To this point they have the support of Chaves, Castro, Ahmadinejad, Unions, Pelosi and Obama… Not an impressive list.

  2. blackbear1 says:

    Time for these people to go back to work(?) or school(?). Are these the same anarchists that were in Vancouver?

    1. BH says:

      Time for these people to get a life. Enough is enough already.

      1. Bob says:

        SSShhhh little lamb go back to sleep and do as your told !

      2. Barry's CONNECTICUT SSN 042-68-4425 FAILS E-VERIFY says:

  3. Mshor says:

    They do have a purpose. Change. Things aren’t right and if people would stop and pay attention for a minute you would take notice too. If things keep going the way they are, we are going to be a third world nation. The people in power don’t mind because they are sitting pretty. There are too many working poor. There are too many unemployed- unemployed because greedy executives want cheaper labor, so they can pocket more. Too many getting laid off while millionaire CEO’s get huge bonuses- enough money that could have employed 3 or 4 people for a year.

    It’s an unbalanced system right now due to policy changes brought about by expensive lobbying and politician pay-offs.

    These people are the people who are affected by all of this and they are choosing to stand up and do something about it, instead of bending over and take whatever is given. They should be given nothing but respect.

    1. Dennis D says:

      Mshor
      Its easy to blame ” greedy” executives while you drink an Evian water and drive a Subaru. Executives are capitalists and they will make products in America if you are willing to pay the price. But you aren’t. So go drive your Hyundai and be quiet.

    2. fred shaw says:

      Life isn’t fair. There are will always be the haves and the have nots. What we have created is a generation of people who think they are entitled to education, jobs, health care without the benefit of hard work. Everyone gets a cupcake, a trophy, we don’t keep score no one loses….it’s a charade!

    3. Steve Roberts says:

      Too many working poor? I agree. So do you oppose the Dems and their various schemes for amnesty and avoid enforcing immigration laws? This is causing far more damage to wages than anything any evil capitalist could even imagine..

    4. Ryan says:

      Mshor,
      First off, we already are by definition a third-world country. We import far more than we export.
      The greedy executives wanting cheaper labor is a fact of human nature, every human by nature is greedy. You alone are showing your greed by demanding the executives give you more without you doing anymore to work for it. Its called capitalism, without greed there would be no progress and there would be no society.
      While that is true, I do support the protesters for wanting change, however you are all barking up the wrong tree. Keep protesting against the business execs and institutions that you are protesting against, and you will NEVER see a change, other than more unemployment, and more decline in our economy. The people that need to have themselves protested against are the politicians and the Federal Reserve. We need to remove the government from our economy, and let it flourish under a true capitalist and free market, and then and ONLY then will we ever see a change and a recovery. Instead of letting Obama and his cronies continue to keep the status quo alive that has been running since the “Roaring 20’s”, we should fight and remove them from office. Put in people that are against the status quo and want to change the system for the better.
      If you think we are bad off now, just wait until our market does actually collapse, and we become nothing. We are moving fast in that direction, and all you “99%” want to do is sit around demand more free stuff without working for it. I am proud to call myself, not a member of the 1%’er’s (because I am not rich, not even close), and definitely not a member of the 99%’er’s (because I am not joining the bandwagon and protesting the puppets, instead of the puppet master). I am the anomaly, and will continue to fight the good fight and remove the government from our lives, that is the only true way to recovery and freedom!

      1. Mike Hinson says:

        (every human by nature is greedy)- but only some for money
        (asking for executives to give you more)- “the executives” have been taking trillions from the public treasury via bailout and enriching their own pockets by cutting wages. who here is taking money they did not earn?
        (i am the anomaly) you are an average joe repeating things that originated in rightwing thinktanks.

        you are part of the 99%. come and join us and let your voice be heard.

      2. EddieD_Dedham says:

        Have you EVER heard a CEO claim they move manufacturing overseas b/c of wages? Never heard it have you? So where do you get your information?
        If you actually had the ability to think you’d maybe get some more info b/f you spew your foolishness.

        I heard a CEO of a high tech company state they go overseas to manufacture b/c of lower taxes and much less regulation.

        If you want ot find out who’s killing jobs find out who wants to raise taxes and increase regulations. Oh that’s right, democrats.

    5. Hans Gunter says:

      Free Market succeeds, everything else fails. Regulation is slow failure. Look at Barry’s policies. Slow death. The greedy are these punks that want to take things that are not there own and have not worked a day in their life. People who work make money, bums that hang out on street’s do not.

    6. jack farrell says:

      change your clothes,,,you stink,,,your a bunch of spoiled nit wits,,,living in your parents cellar,,,demanding strangers care more about your pathetic lives than you care yourselves,,,too stupid too live free,,,,get a job,,people are tired of your babbling on about nothing,,,,incoherent fools

    7. patmurphy1965 says:

      Much of what you said can be blamed on union.

  4. J says:

    Anarchists, communists and unions, oh my. At least it’s easy to see which politicians are traitors to the Constitution. These politicians need to be dealt with in the 2012 election. The laughable losers walking hand in hand with other anti-Americans are a disgrace. Compare these ignorant, lazy fools with the WWII generation and see how far we’ve fallen.

  5. Dennis D says:

    This is clear evidence that Obama’s hopey changey stuff was nonsense. These are the fools who voted for him in the 1st place. I see this as a huge apology from them to America,

    1. Expect US says:

      and where’s the apology from someone on your behalf for your uneducated half-wit statements?

      1. Teddy says:

        @ Expect Us….You are not educated ! You are indoctrinated!

  6. Krys says:

    They should pay for any city costs for police overtime etc – that would be their FAIR SHARE — and there should be no occupation — have a march with a permit and then go home….this is BS Kudos to the boston police (who Obama probably thinks act stupidly) I wish NYC would do something instead of paying OT Just hope that when these people are arrested they pay a big fine or jail time !!! No wrist slaps!

  7. Duaine Folie says:

    They did not arrest protesters they arrested individuals who were breaking the law. They are allowed to protest but as with everything in life there are limits. That is what makes us a civilized society.

    If we were to equally distribute all of the America’s wealth to every man, woman and child how long would it take before we have the same financial inequalities we have today. The lazy will spend what they have and expect more. The hard-working will invest and create more wealth for themselves. So In order to avoid this situation we need to pass a law that every 10 years all wealth must be equally redistributed just to please the liberals.

    I never thought I would see a day when hard work would be considered to be a negative factor in society!

    1. Enough says:

      You are so correct! Why work hard when you can just get handouts? Line up the wealthy and have them hand over cash to all those who line up. There was a post on here about the entitled generation – this is it! No scores in sports so no one feels unspecial, no harsh grades like F so no one feels bad, jobs handed to them where they don’t have to actually work or be on time and no college debt for the precious ones, mommy and daddy always nearby to bail them out of anything….. yes, the politics in this country are a mess and this administration is ruining this country. But to blame people who were wise enough to work hard and invest and save? Yes, there are bad rich people, but there are far more bad people standing in line for free handouts who don’t want to work hard. And how about doing something about all the illegals here taking jobs and lowering the wage scale? Oh no, we don’t want to offend anyone – we’ll only offend rich people. I am not rich, I work darn hard for everything I have and I don’t have anything I can’t afford.

  8. dms says:

    These people are a bunch of morons that apparently have no responsibilities in life and/or no families to take care of. They have been yelling insults at people on their way to work for trying to make an honest leaving. Completely useless and most of them don’t even know why they’re there. All I hear in interviews is “I’m one of the 99%”. If that’s all you have to say, don’t waste the taxpayers’ money. Go home.

  9. Rico says:

    This is a George Soros Production. “Organizing for Odumbo”.

  10. DigitalBob says:

    I hope the cameras are rolling when the cops start thumping skulls.

  11. Mark says:

    “The people who we had been speaking to for ten days make it clear that there were a group of anarchists that were uncontrollable that had taken charge.”…ROTFLOL…by defiinition this would include the whole group. The problem with this group is that they fail to take accountability. “It’s not my fault part of the group is breaking the law” “It’s not my fault I got my GED instead of an MA and have a low paying job-or no job at all”…etc….

  12. Kevin says:

    Welcome to the real world in Mass. If you are a protester, you can yell, scream, disrupt the commute and do tens of thousands of dollars in dammage. If you are a union goon, you can cut fiber, spit on people, key cars, scare old ladies and yell obsenities at young woman.
    If you trample the Kennedy’s rose bushes, you go to jail.

    1. Krys says:

      That was good! yes it seems the average citizen cannot do anything but leftist mobs can do anything. You can’t smoke in a park in NYC but you can do theft, drugs, destruction, open sex etc as long as you are part of a leftist mob

  13. Mark says:

    BTW….stop using this 99% erroneously. I’m not part of the 1% but I’m certainly not part of this group of anarchists.

  14. Mark says:

    These thugs would go away if the media would stop covering them….

    1. Bob says:

      And the world would be in even more of a worse state with more whiney sheep like you. Go back to sleep watch your sports and don’t complain about anything to do with politics and the economy.

      1. Marot says:

        Are they protesting that President Obama spent 55k per week renting his vaca home in Marthas’ Vineyard? Or the first ladies Euro rek 75k per day?

  15. Katny says:

    The Mayor needs to enforce the laws. They have no permits to be on the Greenway. Move them out. We the taxpayers are providing them with free electricity. They are interferring with the flow of traffic. Rush hour commuting is a nightmare. They have a right to protest we have the right to be able to commute without interference from a group who don’t even vote. That’s where they will be heard. The City doesn’t allow the homeless to sleep on the Greenway. TELL THEM TO GO HOME. STOP GIVING THEM MEDIA COVERAGE.

    1. Mike Hinson says:

      (that is where they will be heard) They will NOT be heard when they vote, because both political parties and all three branches of government have been bought out by the financial elite currently extracting trillions from our economy. That is why they are out there protesting.

      1. Eh2Zed says:

        Tell that to the Tea Party. 2010 shows the power of grass roots. Largest turnover in 87 years.

  16. Bob says:

    After looking at the majority of the rightwing lazy idots posting on this page i see there is no hope for your country. Go back to sleep turn the sports channel up , continue to be afraid of everything , cling to you guns and ignore what is staring you in the face. Your the laughing stock of the whole world , your so brain washed by you corporate media you actually think what they say is the truth. I pity the children who have to be brought up in you empire of bs.
    Do you even know what an empire is ? Hell i bet most of you are so stupid you think terrorists hate you for your freedom ? not they hate you for your foriegn policy , not that hardly any americans even know what that is.

    Laters sheeple ,

    1. J.R. says:

      Hey Bob, thanks for your most valuable input. Now stop worrying about our country and take care of whatever utopia you crawled out from. K, pumpkin.

      1. Bob says:

        I wish it was that easy but because you lot still keep expanding your empire and turning the rest of the world against the west it does effect my country (UK). You’ve put yourselves at the center of everything so now your gonna take the flak. The truth can hurt sometimes but its for your own good . Time to wake up america and put your house in order

      2. littleleers says:

        J.R. Americans plan to put our house in order come Nov. 2012 when we oust the Marxist-in-Chief. There will be an amazingly quick turnaround in the economy as soon as this fraud is ousted from the WH.

      3. littleleers says:

        Sorry, J.R., my reply comment was directed to Bob, not you.

      4. Bob says:

        You’ll forgive me if i don’t hold my breath. Given the shambles of the last few elections i find i most amusing you think you actually get a say as to who wins. You had that moron of a man bush in twice, if he was in in europe we wouldn’t trust him with a plastic knife.So based on your past performance i won’t hold out for anything special.

        Although I do sincerely wish you all the luck in the world though , you’ll need it .

        P.S Obama is lying fraud !

  17. J.R. says:

    It was only a matter of time before it turned ugly. These idiots have no idea what they are protesting against. Simply a hodge-podge group of left-leaning followers with a predictably socialist agenda.

  18. UncleClayton says:

    I did more than protest .. I quit my job to make Obama look bad, and to protest joblessness.

  19. vvv says:

    I think their message is pretty clear. They are sick of the inequality in wealth in this country. Sick of struggling. The fact that everyone in the middle and lower class is not behind them is just proving how ridiculous this country is.

    1. Steve Roberts says:

      I am in the middle class and I don not support the OWS mob. The past few years have been rough but all things considered I have survived Hope and Change pretty good so far. But then, I have never run up debt I could not pay (like so many of the protesters) and have a degree in engineering, not Womyn Studies or Communication (like so many of the protesters) so maybe that makes me one of the 1%

      1. tsal says:

        or maybe that makes you lucky – so far. I’m middle class also and we have done all right. Do I for a minute think we will continue to do well – not if this continues and I believe that will be the case for the majority of middle class citizens who have managed to hold on.

        If you support 80% of income going to the top 1% and corporate greed and corruption and government as well as the politicians you have elected pandering to the wealth and lobbyists and special interest groups, I can clearly see why you do not approve of the Occupy group. Chances are you would not have approved of the revolution either – you know the one where we ended up as the United States of America.

        These people did nothing wrong – and that is coming from someone who has the highest regard for the police. However, the police are sent to do what they did by the politicians – democrats and republicans – who don’t want the voices of the middle class every day American people heard. The arrests were for trespassing, etc., on public land.

      2. vvv says:

        Tsal summed up everything I could have said beautifully. The way this country is heading is very scary, and I think people from all walks of life should be worried. It cannot continue if the middle class has no voice, and continues to be controlled by the wealth in this country, that is only held by 1% of the population.

    2. Marot says:

      Pres. Bill Clinton pushed NAFTA Free Trade on behalf of Corp. America=45,000 factories booking to China. Nice job Bill American Blue collar workers now part of 26 million unemployed 22% US workorce and a looming depression…

  20. Protesters going somewhere they’re not allowed? Trespassing

    http://rhymeandreasonable.com

    More of these stories will only build further support for this movement

  21. IronManCC says:

    It’s about time some action was taken! They had the Right to Free Speech and Peaceful Assembly; but they did NOT have the Right to occupy property, trespass, break any laws, or trample the Rights of others. Congrats to the law enforcement officers & officials for doing an outstanding job in a dignified manner. Those folks were given the option to leave of their own accord, and they chose to break the law and be arrested.

    1. tsal says:

      IronMan – I assume you would not have supported the Tea Party movement – or any other part of the founding of our country. I’m thankful for people like Sam Adams and those who marched for equality and who fought for women’s rights – just to name a few It’s what our country is founded on – or would you rather still belong to England?

  22. Jim says:

    So in one fell swoop police arrest 129 more protesters in one day in one location than in all of the Tea Party protests combined. Great job libbies, you’re a fine example, and a credit to your president.

  23. DVD Charlie says:

    All the protesters want is “Hope and Change”.
    Wait was that the promise that Obama made back in 2007/2008.
    It seems the protesters are marching in the wrong direction.
    They should be marching on Obama at the White House.

    1. tsal says:

      Is it really so difficult for Ameicans to understand that they are not right or left – they are not drawing party lines – they are taking ideas from everyone . Are you all so controlled by the media that you cannot see that we have to work as one country? It isn’t about being liberal or conservative – it is about what is right for all. People in this country are so busy drawing party lines and labeling others that they can’t even grasp that simple concept. I know compromise is a foreign word but try it on for size.

      1. justme says:

        Tsal-
        it is fine for them to have any view they wish, but they are clearly very liberal and some elements far left wing. Just take a walk past their camp, it is not too difficult for anybody to see it.

      2. tsal says:

        justme – liberal – by the way they look? What view is it you don’t like? or is liberal? Income increases for all and not just the wealthy? Equality of wealth? Equal representation in our government? the end of corruption in private healthcare?

        And just walk by their camp – what does that mean? Are they a funny color or wearing clothes that don’t fit a certain style or perhaps they have a hair color that doesn’t work right?

      3. DVD Charlie says:

        Don’t get upset TSAL, just because you got punked and owned by Obama back in 2008 with his Hope and Change act, don’t blame it on others, blame it on yourself.

  24. Patsnyc says:

    If liberals want jobs and they “love” this Country, they should join the military. Then they would get free food, free housing, free medical care, free clothing, etc. Oh, I forgot, liberals don’t join the military, they leave that to “others” to do. Peeing and pooping in parks, begging in the streets…correction…demanding handouts in the streets, is more their style.

  25. joe lunchbox says:

    The protests will fizzle and die when the people giving them money (they have none of their own) realize that they have no political impact. Look at the poll on this page – not even 16 percent of readers agree with their message!

  26. stloony says:

    WOW, they found over $4000 on these goons. All that weed money to bail out more weed heads.

    1. Katny says:

      Since they have $4,000 let them pay for the damage to the Greenway and for the electricity that they are using.

  27. gigi says:

    Dear Mother Nature, please bring your snow and below freezing temps soon to Boston. I cannot afford another tax hike to pay for OT police and sanitation to clean up after the protestors. Thank you.

  28. TestosteroneCops says:

    Was it necessary for the Boston Police to arrest one of the <b? LEGAL OBSERVERS ?

    Wow, what a “statement” the BPD is making. She was wearing gear clearly marked “LEGAL OBSERVER”.

    The Boston Police must feel so proud of themselves for this blatant show of TESTOSTERONE BRAIN.

  29. emom says:

    I wonder if anyone truly can see past some other the rational reasons for WHY this country has just about gone BELLY UP???? Jobs have gone over sea’s for far longer than the last 3 presidents.. They started going over sea’s back in the late 80’s & early 90’s. HHHMMM and who was pres. Over time jobs or should I say companies and corporations started sending jobs to foreign countries to save THEM money on paying out benefit’s and top wages to middle and yes lower class hard working folks. The creation of assistance upon assistance started to gain popularity and thus a CEO could have had more assistance than truly needed.. Then in turn they needed assistance so more HIGH PAYING jobs were created,, AAAHHHHHHH the beginning of the 3 figure salaries more corporate greed begins… Then fast forward to the last few years , Corporations are hit with financial turn down, They ask the government to help bail them out, only to find out that all those bail outs were used for private jets, special benefits, bonuses, luxury vacations OF the executives and corporate parties, dinners and gala’s. These bail outs were to shore up the jobs, maintain business to assure employee’s would have jobs, Instead more were then laid off, their jobs sent to over sea’s countries, in INDIA, MEXICO, CHINA AND A FEW OTHER SMALL COUNTRIES, And still we all look the other way and want to blame a SINGLE group… ITS ALL THEIR FAULTS.. pure and simple, a huge domino affect.. I have had the pleasure of unemployment due to out sourcing jobs, trust me it has already started to back fire and well will collapse further because these countries are now realizing they have a huge bargaining chip called MONEY. they have raised their bar on what they want to be paid per hour. Next it will be benefits,
    Corporate America has become far to comfortable with their practices of taking advantage over those that have worked hard to make a living, The little guy, As small and merger as it is for many, they still can not get ahead of the corporate GREED.. On top of all this is the government, in a constant struggle with each party , with each group and looking out for each other to maintain all they have TAKEN from those that have struggled to survive. Is it a wonder so many feel a need to bash them,,, Lets be honest they both have created a mess , each in their own way and well each one also played the other for a fool and took advantage of the other.,, Either way I see it both are at fault, To be honest I am sick and tired of struggling , every time I just manage to get ahead ,,, the economy’s rug gets pulled out and well I have to tighten the purse again… At this rate I see a power struggle, and unless the ones making the money far above those that are middle class and lower , This country will become a 3rd world country and then what, we then see far more companies leave for better pastures and create a brand new world in a country that is and more willing to get ahead. The watch all those executives become super rich and powerful and then there will be no future for this country…
    Oh and on another note,, Just curious,,, WHAT DO FOLKS CONSIDER MIDDLE CLASS NOW… whats the income level because I truly think that has been grossly exaggerated since so many seem to be barely making ends meet……..

    1. tsal says:

      good queston emom – McCain thought Joe the plumber – at $250,000 – was middle class. I figure that puts the majority of us on the side of the poor. You have said above exactly what the protesters are saying and I don’t know about you but I find it laughable that anyone in what is supposed to be middle class and now is really the working (nonworking) poor would find fault with them. Although only a small percentage of people living here supported the patriots that created our country so perhaps I should be be surprised.

  30. Bruce In Denver says:

    If “a veteran holding an American flag” was beaten, you can be sure the only reason he was holding the flag was to be filmed being beaten while holding it. These people do not love America or our flag. Everything you’re seeing is straight out of “Rules for Radicals”.

    They have it half right: we need desperately to end the corruption that’s ruined our government. What they don’t get is the cause of the problems that led to that corruption. They’ve been taught the desireablilty of socialism by the Public Education Monopoly, instead of the principles of our Constitution. They’re angry at the government in general, and President Obama in particular, for not delivering on what they preceived as a promise to institute a socialist workers paradise. It would be funny if it weren’t so sad.

    “A government big enough to give you everything you need, is a government big enough to take away everything that you have….” – President Gerald R. Ford to a joint session of Congress, Aug. 12, 1974

    “The trouble with our Liberal friends is not that they’re ignorant, it’s just that they know so much that isn’t so!” – Ronald Reagan 1964

    1. tsal says:

      Bruce in Denver – please explain to me how you actually believe that 80% of income gains should go to the top 1% of Americans. How in the past decade income increases ranged from 10-14% for the top 10% of this country and didn’t exist for the other 90%. Please also explain how you believe it is right that the monied special interest groups control decisions of ALL politicians rather than those decisions being made in the best interest of all Americans. Then explain to me how you clearly would have also supported England in our country’s young fight for what is fair.

    2. vvv says:

      I think loving this country means also loving the fact that this is a democracy and that we have the RIGHT in this country to change what we disike about it. This protest is EXACTLY what America is about, and the principles it was founded on

      1. tsal says:

        well said vw – very well said. Has everyone fogotten the original Tea Party – not the idiots who have hijacked its name – and the Boston Massacre and so many other acts of rebellion.

        What people – at least here – do not seem to understand is that the police are being instructed to arrest. The politicians – BOTH left and right – are afraid of what these people represent – a shift back to the middle class vote and away from special interests. Pols are waiting for the group to break the law and when they don’t they instruct police to arrest on some ridiculous charge – such as trespassing on public property.

  31. Bill says:

    These poor oppressed tent people! $4,000 was raised just like that from these poor oppressed people so that they could bail out their brethren! It’s the system that is wrong! We have no money for things like…bailing out prisioners because we are all broke and without a job! Oh…wait…never mind.

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  32. god bless america says:

    i hope all the union members who work hard are proud of their leadership, taking sides with these folks. also, to all the people who consider themselves demcrat; here is your future on display. this is the party of obama, reid, pelosi, and schumer, not jackson and kennedy. you guys should be proud!!

  33. BORAK OBAMA says:

    LEAVE THE 99% JOIN THE REAL AMERICANS GET A JOB!!!!!!

  34. John says:

    The prostesters are communist punks…:)

    1. Bob says:

      And most protest critics are Greedy Sheep :-)

  35. emom says:

    I find it truly building to believe middle class folks makes upward toward 3 figures.. YET these are the folks that seem to scream INJUSTISES. To me those that make below $40,000 ARE TRULY THE WORKING MIDDLE CLASS and those making less than $20,000 are poor, especially when you add in children… Lets put it this way,, a single person making about $20,000 a year can get buy with little struggle, as long as they follow a few rules, DONT live above your means, Don’t just spend to spend, You don’t need to live in an upscale place JUST BECAUSE the rest are… and by all means why would you need that HUGE SUV JUST TO STRUT AROUND IN, What kind of message are we to send to the younger generation.. THAT making tons of money takes precedence over living, that just because you have all this money you should automatically go and spend it,,, That is how we start to get into debt, live life on the edge and when all is gone then what,, beg for help,,, We need to realize saving a portion of your earnings for your future and maybe your families should take top priority,,, With these savings you can find that you might be able to afford special expenses,,,, then you might be able to stay ahead of the rest,,,,,,
    HOWEVER that was the dream of our parents, a dream we were taught and believe because greed was not running rampant in this country , that earning a days wage was considered wonderful,,, Instead earnings for so many in this country have stayed low, products have become higher in price and we are FORCED to buy them at such prices. This is not the land of our ancestors in which we could raise and farm our foods, where we had to make our clothes and we didn’t need much more than a roof over our heads, food on our table of thanksgiving and the ability to hook up the horse and buggy and go see a friend 10 miles away… No our dreams flourished with so many possibilities yet for so many we can not achieve such dreams. And yet we blame so many that are poor, and in the end resort to public assistance to keep the family feed and a roof over their heads.. OH believe me I see it all, most are struggling, some take advantage of the system in so many ways ,, and create problems for those that truly need it… YET once again, does the government even think of the people,, no,,, do corporations care if we the POOR & STRUGGLING should matter or be helped,,, certainly we would THINK this way, but instead these two help those that can afford the luxury cars, and homes, the expensive cuts of meat, the grand vacations, and the pay backs prove it…
    Middle class Only exist in the 3 figure salaries,,, It is no longer the TRUE MIDDLE CLASS, If they are still the middle class making over 3 figures a year, then those making under what are they white collar, poor, destitute, ignorant, uneducated, lazy, WORTHLESS. I would rather believe those making under $100k a year are hard working and struggling, with a small percentage of lazy, those that buck the system and truly could care less…. I have worked most of my life and struggled to maintain,,, and when you try to get ahead but like I said get that rug pulled out,,, life takes on a whole new twist,,,,
    I blame the corporations, for creating an empire of wealthy CEO”S with assistance they don’t need, Companies that see fit in shipping our AMERCIAN MADE PRODUCTS to other countries where they copy these products and sell back to us at a cheaper inferior product , but charge us far to much for, Companies for shrinking the products we use everyday to maintain the costs, not to help the consumer but their bottom line Get ready to see new sizes of products at a much higher price.. it was actually the original size ,,,they changed to fool us all…. And watch for more & more jobs to leave this country to go to a country that will do the work for far less than an american, because of benefits, YET the companies executives, will BEG again for bailouts and in the end get rich of the same products we by since they do not have to pay an american to make it,, there for costing them less but making them far more.
    GREED IS THE NAME OF THIS ECONOMIC GAME, WE ARE MERELY A MONOPOLY BOARD, HOWEVER TO MANY ARE ON BALTIC AVE STRUGGLING WHERE THE TRAINS ARE FAR DOWN THE ROAD BRINGING THE WEALTHY ALL OUR MONEY AND GIVING US NOTHING IN RETURN…
    I am a democrat,,, BUT the lines between all parties now are not what they use to be,, AND no I have not voted for this last president,, Did not believe a think and well guess I was right…
    I know see we need to hold a politician account for what they say, Just like an employer,,, If they say they are going to do something and don’t, well time for a change and a step down by them, If they lie FIRE THEM PERIOD, we need to start treating politicians like employee’s if they can not do the jobs then we need them to go away… no more life terms and certainly no allowing them to hire any FRIENDS, FAMILY OR SOMEONE ELSES FAMILY OF FRIENDS. Hire only those that have qualifications for said job, after all how many in the last few years have hired friends and family and then paid them a 3 figure salary and then get busted for drunk driving, and speeding………. I am sure there are many even on this board that can do a far better job in helping this state and looking for a better solution….. LIKE BALANCING THE BUDGET , CUTTING THE FAT, THE WASTE AND TRIMMING THE NON ESSENTIALS IN THE POLITICAL FIELDS.. Not the public sector… I would love to take a crack at it since I have trimmed my budget so far back that I have no extras I can get,,,, IF ONLY,,,,, then maybe this state and then others could look forward to a much brighter future…..
    ONE OTHER THING, I do and don’t agree with some of the protesters, there are way to many differences at the moment, but one thing is for sure,, we are all looking for change a better tomorrow,,,and future.

  36. DVD Charlie says:

    Just another day in Obamaville

  37. Anthony says:

    Oh how I wish the Police beat these dingbats. I drove by their ‘nesting’ site on the Greenway yesterday and I can only hope these ‘do-gooders’ leave the place in the same condition they found. I’m sure they won’t. Great, more of my tax money going towards policing these nitwits and cleaning up after them. Kinda like their parents, only on my dime. You’ve made your point, ask ACORN to spend their (my) money elsewhere. Please let the people WHO WORK, get to work on time. Friggin moonbats.

    1. vvv says:

      Must be nice to be one of the few people we still has a job. Also, be glad we need more cops so more people can be employed.

    2. BOSTON POLICE PATROMEN ASSOCATION says:

      thank you for your endorsment

      1. Bob says:

        American Police = Worst in the western World .!

        They wouldn’t be allowed a job as Supermarket security guards in europe !

  38. Mr. Anon says:

    There are people of many different stripes in these Occupy protests around the nation. There is not simply hipsters and hippies. There are Democrats, Republicans, Libertarians, Anarchists, Socialists, Capitalists, etc.

    I myself am NOT anit-capitalist, yet support these protests. I cannot speak for everyone else in these protests and why they joined them, as each person has their own reasons.

    For myself, it’s due to what I’ve been seeing going on in this country over the last few decades (indeed, possibly tracing history back to the formation of the Federal Reserve back in 1914 or before) that is decided Un-American.
    For instance:
    (First a note – the top 1% by is not millionaires, it’s multi-billionaires. The difference in wealth between the top 1% and the top 2% is astronomical)

    – The bailouts to Wall Street is one of the issues to me, that was OUR tax money they used to bail out the very people who caused the problem. They were not too big to fail, if our system were truly Capitalist they would have been allowed to fail- that’s what the market dictated tat the time. Wall Street messed up big time and has taken no responsibility. In fact, the top 1% of wealthy corporation reported last year as their highest grossing year ever.

    – News media in this country can legally intentionally lie as given precedent in a court case in Florida in 2003: http://www.projectcensored.org/top-stories/articles/11-the-media-can-legally-lie/
    Now that’s rather a scary thought, our news media whether television, radio, or in print can outright lie. That’s pretty much an open door propaganda for whatever agenda any news agency may have. Now trace back the money behind most major news organizations and who owns them, the top 1% of wealth in this country owns them.

    – Republicans and Democrats are the same, to me. The largest donations to both parties come from the same sources. As one example of many, Lockheed Martin gave $2,612,219 in total political campaign donations, with 49 percent to Democrats ($1,285,493) and 51 percent to Republicans ($1,325,159). Do the research and one can find that many of the top wealthiest corporations and organizations donate to both of our major politcal parties nearly equally at the same time. To me this gives evidence that our politicians on both sides are bought, and our elections are a sham and just an illusion of due political process. Why donate huge sums of money to two opposing political factions unless you win no matter which is in power? Obama’s continued most of Bush’s policies, even expanded them.

    – Looking back for the last 30 years there hasn’t been much core policy difference as seen by actual actions the government has taken at home and abroad between presidential administrations. Obama’s is the same as Bush Jr’s, which was the same as Clinton’s, which in turn was the same as Bush Sr’s, which was the same as Reagan’s. Taking a look at the NON ELECTED APPOINTED officials in each administration is eye opening for me. They are often the same people, even worse, come from the same companies repeatedly.

    – Taking an even closer at look the NON ELECTED APPOINTED officials one will notice that many come from the corporate sector. We have a government remarkably intertwined with corporations in our country, as seen by appointments and actions. The regulations and laws regarding business in this country are skewed and corrupted to favor the top 1% – after all, the top 1% are the very ones who wrote those same laws and regulations.

    – Research where each of our politicians was working before they got into office. Many worked in the corporate sector. Many of those corporations they worked for do miraculously well after a candidate gets into office, often with the government choosing those corporations for government projects without due process of real bids and competition between corporations (for example, Cheney’s ties to Halliburton and Halliburton’s subsequent government contracts in Iraq – this type of set up has been happening all the time in our politics)

    – Regulations were removed during the late 80’s / early 90’s that prevented the huge conglomeration of corporate media. Now you see media empires, owned by many of the same people and organizations that donate heavily to both major political parties, and as above also have either appointed or elected offices.

    – The top 1% own our major media, most if not all of our defense industries, our banks, hold appointed and elected office, and donate heavily to our politicians. Given that the media can legally lie as a First Amendment right …. eh, come to your own conclusions.

    – Read the Patriot Act. There has never been such an un-patriotic act ever passed in this country before. Among one of the atrocities this act allows is the rejection of habeas corpus. Anyone, American or not, can be held lawfully without due process: no reading of rights, no charges pressed against them, no trial, and can be held in prison indefinitely. We’re told that would never be used against American citizens, then why the hell does the bill not specify that? Legally, yes it can be used against American citizens. Any citizen of this country can be put into Guantanamo or other prison and the stroke of a pen- there doesn’t have to even be a reason of proof to do so.

    – The USA takes in roughly 25% of the world’s resources, and the top 1% take the proceeds of nearly 99% of that. Meaning, the top 1% in our country is managing to rake in over 24% of the entire world’s wealth.

    – Corporatations are considered people, by law. It’s selective however. They are only “people” by law whenever it suits their purposes. They get all the benefits and protection as being considered a person, with none of the accountability. If their actions destroy property, bribe, or even kill people at home or abroad they are not accountable as a person would be.

    – Now that corporations have personhood, and money is considered free speech . . . let me put it this way: how much does your vote in an election (president, senate, etc) matter when it has to stand against, say, a 1 million dollar vote to a politician from a corporation? How many regular votes would it take to equal that? OK sure money is free speech, and it’s drowning out the voices of the rest of us. That is a big problem to me.

    Do your own research. Or not. Make your choices. Or not.

    It may be crass and it may make fun of the situation, but in the words of George Carlin: “They got you by the balls.”

    1. emom says:

      Mr. Anon, I have to say I agree . Most of what you say is enlighten, It is what I have been seeing my self over the last 30 years, and more so over the last decade. Seeing the continuing decline of this countries jobs, and the ever shrinking pay raises and the sharp increases in what we purchase, this what you say puts in perspective why this is a huge problem. To think companies pay the politicians to support them and then these same politicians turn away and allow them to do what ever they want is mind boggling. But I am not all that surprised. It just creates more problems for those that pay their taxes and still gain nothing. Thank you for adding what I might have missed, I can only reflect on what I see daily , and what I have experienced in my life time, But its whats going on in this county for far to long… But the bigger question now is HOW DO WE STOP IT, HOW DO WE FIX IT AND HOW DO WE ERADICATE THE THREAT OF EXTINTION OF THE AMERICAN WORKER AND THOSE STRUGGLING TO EVEN EXIST….. So many are blind to what so many are feelng and feel the unemployed are not worth anything… Have to wonder if they were in some of these folks shoes would they still feel the same…

    2. tsal says:

      I will have to re-read when I have more time but GREAT post

  39. Watchdog1 says:

    Most of you just don’t get it-this isn’t just in Boston. Its a national trend and will continue.until the politicians start to police the economic practices that brougfht about so much hardship. There are millions that want to work contrary to the comments left here by some.Millions who have “aged out” of consideration when first play the M&A game and downsize in favor of offshoring manufacturing. Most of these folks would gladly be willing to get to work at any time.
    Failing to realize that is a major mistake. and it will soon become apparent to you, whether you like the way its being done or not. You’d better be willing to have some patience, or you’ll end up a patient.

  40. Bernardo says:

    Wow, I am stunned. When I moved to this country almost 15 years ago, a friend of mine told me that I would discover sooner or later that in this country if you are not white, white, then you would be classified as black, while in other less polarized countries, you are white, unless you are really, really black.
    Judging by the recent events, and after reading the news here and the respective comments from other readers, I am starting to think that at least in politics, this country is so polarized that if your political views are not right wing aligned then the mayor will classify you as an anarchist and a danger to the safety of this town (at the same time he would agree with your views on the issue!), or the police will charge you with unlawful assembly, criminal trespassing, disorderly conduct… (You name it), and many readers will say that you are a moron, loser, Marxists, lazy…
    I am also wondering how big of a crime is it to camp out in a solitary park on a cold night without permission because you want to peacefully protest for something you deeply consider as unfair? Or how wrong is it to ask the rich to pay taxes at least in the same proportion that most of us pay? Is it criminal to be outraged with the growing inequality? They are questioning if healthcare should be an option or a privilege and not a right.
    They may be wrong, and you may disagree. But they are asking for some fairness, and for a government to the service of the people. In that sense they are with you and me. And please don’t think that things are just black, black or white, white.

    1. tsal says:

      I don’t know who kp was referring to below but hope it was not Bernardo as I’d say he has just summed everything up in a nutshell.

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