BOSTON (CBS) – Since this weekend’s eviction from Dewey Square, the Occupy Boston movement has been undergoing major changes. Monday’s march from Government Center back to Dewey Square, for example, drew fewer than a hundred people.
March participant Molly Hannon says the small number of protesters should not be mistaken for the end of the movement.
“No, no it’s just awakening. We’re starting to wake up and realize that we’re all in this together and that we’re unstoppable,” the Roslindale resident explained. “We’re out here and we’re making our voices heard.”
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The evening’s events were, at times, more than a little bit disorganized. Group members were often unable even to agree on the same chant.
This stands in stark contrast to some of Occupy’s events earlier this fall, which felt much more organized and purposeful.
At the start of the night’s march, for instance, protesters agreed on one route, but then changed direction and found themselves headed to the State House.
When they arrived, they found a large crowd assembled and some in the group began shouting that Governor Deval Patrick was in attendance. One young man rallied the group by yelling that they should show the governor, “that we’re not going anywhere”.
But protest leaders soon announced that interrupting a tree lighting wouldn’t play well on TV, so they left, marching down Beacon Street the wrong way.
After a short disagreement about which direction to travel, the group turned back around towards Dewey Square.
When the occupy protesters found Dewey Square completely blocked off, they moved on to the Boston Federal Reserve building, where there several Boston police officers and motorcycles were blocking the entrance.
After a brief standoff between police and some of the protesters, everyone just disbanded.
A participant who wanted only to be identified as “Paul” said the Occupy idea can, and will, live on. “The idea of Occupy is more than occupying a space,” he said. “There are many ideas and they’re all working together.”
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Weymouth resident Nick Detellis and friend held a huge banner welcoming occupiers back to Dewey Square. He thinks the group’s goals might actually be easier to attain now that they’ve been evicted.
“It’s not going to stop the message, obviously,” he explains. “It’s just one less thing, I mean, now we don’t have a city to maintain but we can still focus on coming out here and talking about issues.”