‘Occupy Boston’ Protesters March To Dewey Square

By Jim Armstrong, WBZ-TV

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.”

WBZ-TV’s Jim Armstrong reports

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.”

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Lana Jones reports

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.”

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  • shotime

    As a Boston taxpayer, what I like to know is if OB’s fund is paying for the cost of new sod and shrubs. It’s one thing to be allowed free speech, but it’s certainly another when it results in damage to public property!!!!

    • response

      I hope all of these people get their own lawyers, and not a court appointed one.
      As a taxpayer, I’m sure my tax dollars could be spent on something a little more meaningful and not these idiots.

      • tsal

        such as lining the pockets of the politicians in Washington?

    • gramps

      So, Mr. Mayor you ‘can’ cover up the Dewey Sq. ‘MESS’ with ‘SOD’…..


      You can’t cover up the ‘Administrators creating the ‘chaos’ in your Public Schools with ‘SOD’!!!….&……. your ‘Silence is deafening!

      Suck it up & “START MUMBLING!”

      What discipline have you handed out & will hand out please respond with:

      Who, What, Where & WHY…..

  • Italo

    Looking back, I’m glad the rallies happened but I think it was wrong for the city in the first place to allow the Occupiers to set down and to stay in tents. Public free-speech protesting is one thing; habitation of public grounds is another.

    And as I’ve mentioned in some blog once before, ironically these protesters echo the efforts of those protesting for different reasons in the ’60s and early ’70s and, like they, the Occupiers will probably someday replace the now-retiring Baby Boomers on Wall Street, becoming that 1% also themselves one day just like the protesting Boomers eventually did in our American society’s high income brackets. I think that the Occupier’s movement is a protest of youthful mindset, but their efforts to back it up need to be ones that take place as adults working with and inside of the existing system to change it. These folks’ next plan of action should be to occupy the media and the work world they want to change–rather than continuing to stake down and sleep over in tents and sleeping bags in public taxpayers-supported and shared open spaces.

  • John Joseph Grimes

    Just wondering how many employers would consider actually hiring any of these “revolutionaries” ? Their message regarding “income equality” and “the redistribution of wealth” is getting old. There are rich and poor in every country, even the poorest, and that simple fact will never change.
    What would make anyone want to work 16 hours a day for financial reward if they had to “share” it with those who either don’t want to work or others who have never contributed one thing to the society in which they live? How do they think the rest of us got anything out of this life, by dancing in the streets and complaining about the status quo?

    • Yikes

      those of us that work hard and try to get ahead will have our hard-earnd $ taken and given to leeches, welfare-recipients, government-aid recipients, illegals, slackers, unmotivated/coddle/spoiled youth……. ooh great, the American Dream!

  • tsal last

    @ response – by something more meaningful, do you mean lining the pockets of the Washington politicians?

    @ Yikes – or perhaps your hard earned dollars – or the dollars you should be earning – are being given to the wealthy – trickle up!!!!

  • response

    tsal – no of course not…I want my tax dollars to go to fuel assistance for the truly poor – not the mayor of lawrence…..
    I mean services for the truly disabled and the blind…
    I mean legal services for battered women who are just trying to get out of the situation they are in
    Let the OC’ers mommies and daddies pay for their legal services. They are the ones that raised these entitled people.
    There was no reason for them to be arrested, they were all told to leave.
    Now all of us will end up footing the bill for this mess when there are people that really need assistance.

    • tsal last

      yet those are the exact services that many in Washington are ready to cut

  • response

    tsal – (I”ll explain from your side of the aisle) the almost 60K damage done to dewey sq, plus the 750K in police overtime, would have paid for alot of teachers in the school system next year…..(12 of them if you include their benefits)
    so when the city has layoffs next year….you can thank the protesters….

    • tsal last

      response – I get that they cost money and I don’t think anyone is disagreeing. What I do not get is the uproar about this when there is not an equal or greater uproar about the far, far, far larger mess in Washington.

      I do not like that all protestors did not leave when told they were going to have to. I absolutely agree with what they stand for. I believe it was not the hard core protestors but the tag alongs who tend to take over a movement (which happened with the tea party too) who end up costing the same people money that they are protesting for.

      I agree with Italo above. If it takes messing up a square of land to get someone – anyone – to listen, I am all for it. Because NO ONE is listening.

      When the city lays off next year BTW – it will be for a far greater problem than repairing an area of land and some detail officers.

      • tsal last

        response – I agree with you on not doing business with those you do not agree with and for the most part I do not.

        However, what about the foreclosure fraud. Not doing business with BofA or Wells or Citi does not put those responsible in jail and they clearly belong in jail. Just one example.

        I’m enjoying the discussion by the way. However, I have no idea if my comment will post

      • response

        that’s the difference…I don’t agree with all that they stand for but I understand what they are saying.
        There are ways to get your voice heard…You don’t like big banks like BoA, don’t do business with them, you don’t like the fact that corporations give millions to as bonus to CEO’s, don’t do business with them.
        (shop at your local hardware store instead of home depot)
        You go to college, you take out loans, you need to pay them back. There is nothing in life that says when you get a college degree, you can start a job at 75K a year….you start at the bottom and work your way up like everyone else. There is such a thing called fiscal responsibilty and that lies with each and everyone of us. It’s like following traffic laws, everyone need to follow them.
        And I disagree with city layoffs – every dime of a municiple budget matters….

  • sloopjohnB2

    It’s back to mummy’s cellar for all of these anarchists!

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