Greenway Conservancy Cuts Power To Occupy Boston Protesters

BOSTON (CBS) – The midnight deadline for Occupy Boston protesters to leave Dewey Square passed, and an hour later, police said no eviction would be conducted.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Carl Stevens reports.

There was a jubilant atmosphere as the deadline passed, with protesters chanting, “We are the 99 percent.” They even held a dance party with a live band.

The crowd began spilling into the streets forcing police officers to step in to direct traffic. For awhile, just one lane was getting by on Atlantic Avenue.

WBZ-TV’s Karen Anderson reports

At about 12:45 a.m. protesters sat down in the middle of Atlantic Ave forcing traffic to come to a halt. A few officers went tent-to-tent asking the protesters to move back off the roadway.

But, after several warnings, two of the protesters, a man and a woman, were arrested when they refused to remove their tent from the middle of the street. They were charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

After a judge lifted a restraining order on Wednesday that could have prevented the city of Boston from evicting Occupy Boston members, Mayor Menino said Thursday he had planned on evicting the protesters by midnight Friday morning.

As a result, many protesters began cleaning up their campsites and moving out Thursday, but the crowd swelled to the hundreds by midnight ahead of the deadline.

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Occupy Boston protest slogans are projected onto the side of a building. (Photo by Kayana Szymczak/Getty Images)

The protesters were prepared for police action, and many were wearing gas masks, protective goggles and practiced forming a human chain.

Though, shortly after 1 a.m., Boston Police Superintendent William Evans walked through the camp telling protesters that police would not clear Dewey Square.

In the end, several demonstrators remain at the tent city, but many of the tents and equipment have already been packed up.

At 5:00 p.m. Friday, the Greenway Conservancy, who maintains Dewey Square, shut off power to the protesters. Food and other supplies were also being prohibited from the area.

  • Fred McNulty

    Jack Williams needs to occupy retirement! He’s clearly not qualified to report on OWS, unlike Lisa Hugh’s who seems to have studied the issues and gave unbiased opinions.

    • Joe

      Fred I disagree completely. Jack is one of the only trustworthy old school anchors left. Jack and Lisa are the best anchor team in Boston. Lisa is excellent and brings the insight and attributes of my younger generation while Jack brings the experience, knowledge, ideals and class of my fathers generation. Yes, Jack will definatley get in his opinion on a story with a facial expression, a disgusted shake of the head or sometimes a comment. Most of time he does it during a tragic story involving a murder of an innocent person or tragedy involving a child. And the majority of the time he does it I am thinking and feeling the exact same way.

      It’s refreshing to have someone express real emotions instead of being a politically correct robot. If you want robotic mindless PC eyecandy then watch channel 7. They have plenty of it.

      • tsal

        agreed Joe –

  • gramps

    He’s a ‘screaming ‘leftie’!


  • Just my Opinion

    it is time to stop covering the Occupy movement. maybe if the cameras go away they will go away. there will be no reason to be out there.

  • John Kinder

    The police actually shut down the street at roughly 10pm… the occupiers did not shut it down. When they went into the streets the streets had been blocked off for almost 3 hours.

    • Joe

      John I must correct your comment. As happy as I am that the city is finally ending occupy Boston, the cops didn’t shut the streets down. I was watching live at around 12:30 and there was two lanes of traffic going by on Atlantic ave. Then it went down to one lane with cops directing traffic. Then around 1am they collapsed the open lane and shut down all of Atlantic. They had to have traffic backup and turn around. Then the mental midgets decided to move their tents onto the street. I’ll tell you one thing, I don’t know if I could be a cop. They showed an amazing amount of restraint by not tazing those jackazzes.

  • Ann Marie

    I totally agree with Just my Opinion. STOP the coverage. I am certain that there is more important news that you should be reporting. Have the occupiers thought about how much this is costing the tax payers? More than likely not!

    • tsal

      Ann Marie – by important do you mean the corruption in Washington – the income inequality – the special interest groups and lobbyists determining the direction of the country? Oh wait, that’s what Occupy has been saying. By all means we should stop any discussion of those issues.

  • Get a Job and Shut Up

    It’s not eviction because they didn’t have the right to “occupy” the spot in the first place. They should use the tear gas and pepper spray to remove these scum – it’s nobody’s fault but their own that these losers can’t find a job because they got a degree in puppetry. I watched WBZ last night – NOT A SINGLE ONE OF THOSE PEOPLE UNDERSTANDS WHY THEY ARE THERE! THE NONSENSE COMING OUT OF THEIR MOUTH IS SAD.

  • Rich Buckley

    I hold a mental image of the sunset silhouette  
    of General MacArthur, standing on the open deck of PT-41   off the Bataan Peninsula, heading for the Mindanao airfield through a minefield, a quiet engine, a spoken commitment heard around the world: “I shall return.”  
    We are witness to the unfolding and development of a uniquely American movement in OWS who’s power and potency will return with an unyielding ferocity of a tsunami. It will define a new high water mark in legislative reforms with soundings that register globally.  
    Pass the Love.. rich buckley 

    • Matt

      No it won’t. The momentum is gone and these people’s attention span is too short.

    • Joe

      I hold a mental image of cops tossing an expensive stainless sink into the back of a paddy wagon like a piece of trash. Throughout history, others have tried to revive failed attempts at socialism. Each attempt has failed and so won’t this. Nobody likes or trusts big banks or wall street and everyone agrees that changes need to be made. However, they loose all legitimacy when one of your demands is for banks too forgive credit cards, mortgages and all debt in general.

  • dms

    I think the picture speaks for itself. How can anybody take clowns like this serious?

    I also agree with the comments that call for no more news coverage. The Occupy movement has lost all of it’s momentum and at this point it doesn’t even have an entertainment value anymore. It’s simply boring and completely ineffective. Let’s remove the remaining few and wrap this thing up.

  • pam

    I was at Dewey Square last night. The photo you chose to post here is NOT representative of the people who were there. Where are the photos of the chaplains in their robes and stoles, the Quakers standing in silent vigil, the Veterans for Peace holding their white flags? I put my kids to bed at home, then traveled downtown to stand in solidarity, It was inspiring, and empowering, and a victory for peaceful protest.

  • Joe

    Pam, you just described why occupy is not affective. You went to a protest then you went home. Though I may not agree with your position, I will always agree with and support your right to express your position. However, when people take over and destroy public land and disrupt others for 2 months their message loses legitimacy. A message that has been unclear and unorganized from the beginning.

    • tsal

      Joe – with regard to your comment to Pam about OWS destroying public land. When do we move to our political leaders – on both sides – destroying the entire country. Not just a square of grass – but an entire country.

  • Deb Cogill

    Thank you very much for breaking into David Letterman’s show to provide overhead shots of people moving. I only presume that you were hoping for a major confrontation: blood in the streets, police brutality, yadada. I am soooo glad I don’t watch Channel 4 news (am or pm).

  • Nana of 1

    They should have been gone within 48 hours after they got there. If they have all this love and concern for the country why not try puttiing on a uniform and giving it two years of their spoiled lbrat lives.

    • Tsal

      Nana of 1 and then they return to a country that cares so little about them that they have no job and can live on the streets.

  • Kevin McLenna

    I am so glad that programing was interrupted for absolutely nothing. For an hour we saw nothing happen and were repeatedly told that nothing was happening. Riveting news reporting. Thanks a bunch.

  • dan

    nevermind the pepperspray and tear gas napalm and hand grenades will send a much clearer message to these hippies…oh and pam your sending a nice message to all these people while leaving your kids home alone in bed while your protesting did you remember to leave the stove on when you left? I hope dss takes your kids from you moron

  • whats stuck in your craw

    Who said her kids were alone?! your the moron!! The posts ive seen about occupy boston (not just here) is disgusting so far ive learned that 99% of these posts just tops off to me as to the big question as to whats wrong with people these days, wishing harm onto your fellow people what is wrong with you?!?! no matter what political stand points or ideas of the perfect nation is. You should be ashamed of yourselves!!

    • Mark

      Alot of these people have a right to vent their frustrations on here because we all know who is picking up the tab for this overhyped slumber party and guess what, its not the Occupiers. People have a right to protest and speak their mind but all this was was a big giant brain fart. Nothing good came out of it and it costed people. Be thankful that we didnt lose the same amounts of money as some other cities.

      • Mikey Cyrus

        Hey, so I guess my comment was in posting here in general and not just about this specific topic. Some topics generate more heat than others. I’ve seen some horribe comments to much lighter topics.

        My main point is exactly same as I feel about the occupiers, if you act like an a hole then people will focus on that and not even listen to your point of view.

        Agree it sucks that people that are against their protest need to pay for it. But that happens all over the place every day, governement spending A LOT of money where it isnt needed. Which is one of the great ironies here. The protestors are causing what they are against, and anti-protestors are supporting their argument! That and the protestors have supported the corporations that make/sell tents and camping supplies :)

      • Tsalllll

        Mark who is picking up the tab for the corruption in washington. Don’t you think it’s a little bit larger

      • Mikey Cyrus

        Some people don’t understand that you can disagree on something but still be able to have a discussion about without being completely rude and acting like a jerk. But I also bet most people who spout off like that online don’t say boo in real life.

      • Mark

        Mikey, In this case, The time for “rudeless” discussions went out the window at midnight last night. Its not fair that the people who dont partake in this stuff, are the ones that have to pay for this. I also think its hypocritical that some people could turn to the protesters and give them a thumbs up for whatever they are doing or saying, but then come on here, see a few people speak in anger and frustration, and then say “Well you cant say that because thats rude” which is rediculous. The people here have the same right as the protesters to speak their mind, no matter if you think its rude or not. The one major difference between us and the Occupiers is that we dont have to break the law to convey our message of distaste for someone or something.

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