Maria Cramer, Travis Andersen, Akilah Johnson and Martin Finucane
December 10, 2011
Hundreds of Boston police officers swooped down on the Occupy Boston encampment early this morning, arresting dozens of protesters and tearing down tents, bringing an end to the 10-week rally against economic inequality, the longest continual Occupy demonstration in the country.
At least 46 protesters were arrested in the lightning-swift operation, which was over in less than an hour. The vast majority are facing trespassing charges, Boston police spokeswoman Elaine Driscoll said.
“They wanted to get arrested. It went very well, and we’re very happy with this operation,” said Superintendent William Evans.
An armada of police vans and prisoner transport vehicles appeared on Atlantic Avenue, along the edge of the Dewey Square encampment, just before 5 a.m. Police quickly swarmed the area, many equipped with plastic handcuffs.
Demonstrators ran for the camp, yelling, “Wake up! Wake up!”
This article was posted: Saturday, December 10, 2011 at 6:50 am