Boston police Supt. William Evans told protesters that even though Mayor Thomas Menino set the deadline, he did not specify when the camp would be shut down. Many protesters had pulled up stakes and left the encampment Thursday after learning of the deadline, but others stayed, and some said they were prepared to be arrested. Only about 40 protesters and 35 tents remain, covering less than half the area the protest once did.
Demonstrators and their supporters began gathering in the hours before the midnight deadline. Occupy groups from Worcester and Providence, R.I., helped swell the ranks, along with university students, a group of Quakers and some veterans, including a Marine in full dress uniform. About 1,000 people filled the streets around the financial district and a party-like atmosphere reigned as a marching band played and people sang and danced.
As midnight approached, Occupy Boston members began organizing those demonstrators willing to be arrested, telling them to stay in the encampment and link arms.
As midnight approached, Occupy Boston members began organizing those demonstrators willing to be arrested, telling them to stay in the encampment and link arms.Hours later, as dawn approached, the scene was markedly quieter, with only a handful of police officers keeping eye on the remaining protesters, a few of whom were still packing up tents and gathering belongings. One protester was raking part of the greenway that had been vacated by other members of the movement.
In the next 72 hours, with your help we will fill Dewey Square between the hours of 10 p.m. and 2 a.m. -If you have a band, a costume, a secret stash of giant puppets – if you can show up at midnight and run a teach-in on ANY subject — if you have been wanting to organize a build party, a workshop, or a flashmob – please come out between now and Sunday! The daytime hours, from now until Sunday, will be spent cleaning, organizing, discussing, and figuring out how to move forward.
Join us by scheduling programming between the hours of 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. between now and Sunday.
We’re looking for people TONIGHT, tomorrow, and Sunday, get on the schedule of events for the next 72 hours. We have GA tonight at 7pm in Dewey. We will generate an updated schedule for tonight by 6 tonight. Please be in contact with Katie or Kevin: email@example.com,firstname.lastname@example.org, and cc email@example.com if you are available to occupy any time, any day after 11pm.
A list of live streams which will attempt to cover any eviction attempt in the coming days.
Main feed: http://livestream.com/occupyboston