Wonkette’s Garrett Quinn has been covering the growing Occupy Boston protest for his Boston.com blog, and this is video he shot in the very early hours of today. What happened? Exactly what’s been happening to people who try to “sleep rough” in America since the Reagan era: Late night raids, freakouts, confusion, overtime for the cops, etc. And, perhaps, a turning point for the Boston occupation?
As darkness fell and tension rose the protesters made their defensive preparations. All the tents were moved into a tight circle while a ring of people locking arms lined it. Midnight came and went but there was a growing public safety presence in the area. Multiple ambulances were parked along with a triage setup off of Pearl Street, not exactly a sign of good things to come. Police blocked the on and off ramps to 93 near Seaport Ave and there were rumors flying about riot police here and uniformed police there.
Then at approximately 1:20 am a large column of riot police marched from outside South Station up Atlantic Avenue ….
Blocking off the freeway onramps and offramps to round up protesters in tents? Is this the 2011 U.S. version of barricades and cobblestones? [Garrett Quinn’s “Less Is More” blog, Boston.com]