Police Stop ‘Occupy Boston’ From Moving In Winterized Tent
BOSTON (CBS) – Occupy Boston protesters brought a huge winterized tent to the edge of Dewey Square early Monday afternoon, but were blocked by police.
WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Bernice Corpuz reports
Occupiers were left standing outside their camp with the military-style, 500-pound tent, which was tightly wrapped up in plastic and wheeled in on a cart.
The peaceful standoff began at noon as expected.
City officials handed out fliers to the occupiers saying the tents violate fire safety and building codes. New building materials are prohibited and the protesters would need to apply for a permit.
The standoff ended about a half-hour later as the protesters retreated.
The tent was loaded onto a truck at about 12:45 p.m.
Police commissioner Ed Davis was at the scene with several officers.
There were no incidents.
“It’s only a temporary site. By bringing a tent of this magnitude, it makes it more of a permanent site. I just don’t think it’s what we’re going to allow on that piece of property in Dewey Square,” Mayor Tom Menino told WBZ NewsRadio 1030 Monday morning.
The fireproof tent has room for more than ten people and protesters say it meets all codes required by the city.
The group bought it for more than $1,300 with the help of seven donors.
WBZ-TV’s Joe Shortsleeve reports