Graffiti Pops Up Across Boston, “Occupy” Denies Involvement

BOSTON (CBS) – Nearly two dozen locations in Boston have been hit by vandals who spray-painted political messages support of the Occupy Boston protests.

The messages, some of which said “End the Fed” and “Tax The Rich,” were tagged onto downtown buildings.

Police are investigating whether the graffiti is connected to Occupy Boston, but organizers of the protests said they are not to blame.

WBZ-TV’s Jim Smith reports.

Occupy Boston organizer Barry Knight said the graffiti is counterproductive to the end goal for the protests.

“I don’t think buildings need to be tagged, windows need to be broken or anything like that. This is a peaceful revolution, not that tagging anything is actually violent, but it is an act of vandalism,” said Knight.

By nature, the “Occupy” movement is made up of people from all walks of life. So, determining a possible connection between the vandalism and the movement is difficult.

“When we’re talking about the 99 percent, though, of course there’s going to be a percentage of those people that are going to take some actions. Again, I don’t agree with it. I also don’t speak for the whole community,” said Knight.

There’s a security camera near some of the graffiti on Custom House Street in Boston, which could help police in their investigation.


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