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Occupy Boston Protesters March To Statehouse

BOSTON (CBS) – News of the dozens of arrests at the Occupy Wall Street protests in New York early Tuesday morning is causing a buzz among Occupy Boston protesters.

Police cleared out the protests in New York citing a public health hazard, outraging fellow protesters at Occupy Boston.

Those demonstrators have been occupying Dewey Square since late September. Now, they are watching other movements around the country broken up and ordered out.

During rush hour Tuesday, protesters marched to the Statehouse.

WBZ-TV’s Jim Smith reports

Earlier, attorneys filed a lawsuit on behalf of the Boston protesters, that would block any nighttime raids by Boston Police.

“I think the way they went about it was awful, because they just show up at 2 in the morning and just start arresting people. That’s terrible,” said David Lehnert, a protester.

There is concern among those at Occupy Boston that their days at the site may be numbered.

“The Boston police have been much friendlier with us than the NYPD, so I’m not as scared of it happening in that fashion,” said Mike Hipson, a protester. “But we do have concerns that the Boston police could any day, or Mayor Menino any day could decide that he doesn’t want us here anymore.”

Mayor Tom Menino, however, said he hasn’t put any deadline on Occupy Boston.

“No I’m not ready to break up the encampment right now,” said Menino. “Every city is different, how we deal with this issue. I don’t want to have an incident like they had in Oakland the other day.”

Occupy Boston protesters vowed that even if kicked out, they’ll be back.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Bernice Corpuz reports

“We intend to keep pressing on as long as we possibly can. And if we do get cleared out, we will be coming back,” said Hipson.

Despite his support for their cause, Mayor Menino said he hopes the cold weather will force some to seek shelter, and maybe their numbers will dwindle at the encampment.

Menino has said his No. 1 concern about Occupy Boston is health and safety. City officials are constantly monitoring conditions there, according to the mayor.


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