BANNED IN BOSTON  11:42 am October 11, 2011

Cops Make Middle-of-the-Night Raid On Occupy Boston Camp

by Wonkette Jr.

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?

Quinn writes:

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]

 

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SorosBot October 11, 2011 at 11:45 am

The Boston cops were probably afraid some of the protesters might be viral markets for Aqua Teen Hunger Force.

EatsBabyDingos October 11, 2011 at 11:47 am

And Aqua Buddhas.

CommieLibunatic October 11, 2011 at 12:43 pm
nounverb911 October 11, 2011 at 11:45 am

Was Paul Revere there to warn the British?

Rosie_Scenario October 11, 2011 at 12:03 pm

Ringin' those bells and firin' those guns. Also. Too.

MittsHairHelmet October 11, 2011 at 11:45 am

Sad day for my fellow Bostonians and me. Menino is a fucking hack.

Barrelhse October 11, 2011 at 1:34 pm

What a sack of shit. He must keep swallowing those marbles he puts in his mouth just before he speaks. Anyway, the Boston pigs suck big-time. Never Forget!

Negropolis October 12, 2011 at 1:52 am

I don't quite get why he keeps getting elected. Whatever opposition he must have must be fractured as hell. It's not like he's ideologically not where most urban mayors, are, but Boston could do so much better, political style-wise with their mayor's office.

nounverb911 October 11, 2011 at 11:47 am

Biggest epic fail in Boston since the Red Sox.

SorosBot October 11, 2011 at 11:52 am

But it's always so satisfying to see the most obnoxious team in sports choke.

not that Dewey October 11, 2011 at 12:03 pm

Yes, it is satisfying to see the Yankees choke.

SorosBot October 11, 2011 at 12:19 pm

That's the second-most obnoxious team in baseball, and maybe third in sports (the Patriots are the second – there's just something about Boston).

horsedreamer_1 October 12, 2011 at 12:58 am

NOTRE DAME FOOTBALL LIBEL!!!

Negropolis October 12, 2011 at 1:52 am

Zing!

Chillwaver October 11, 2011 at 11:47 am

You know who else did "middle-of-the-night raids"?

nounverb911 October 11, 2011 at 11:49 am

R. Milhouse Nixon?

Monsieur_Grumpe October 11, 2011 at 11:51 am

Delta Phi Delta?

Chillwaver October 11, 2011 at 12:00 pm

You mean middle-of-the-night rapes?

Chillwaver October 11, 2011 at 11:52 am

Hitler? (ha ha, it never gets old)

SorosBot October 11, 2011 at 11:53 am

Richard Daley?

Bonzos_Bed_Time October 11, 2011 at 11:53 am

RAF Bomber Command?

prommie October 11, 2011 at 11:55 am

Eggcrates over blimey?

BornInATrailer October 11, 2011 at 11:59 am

slower banter!?

hollywooddood October 11, 2011 at 11:54 am

Christine O'Donnell?

Chillwaver October 11, 2011 at 12:01 pm

"I am not a witch, I am the 53%"

Erick Erickson totally stole her meme.

memzilla October 11, 2011 at 11:55 am

Me, on the refrigerator.

jus_wonderin October 11, 2011 at 11:59 am

Me, annoying the dogs, as I stubble to the bathroom at 3:00 am, having decided I can't hold it anymore.

baconzgood October 11, 2011 at 11:55 am

Seal Team 6?

BornInATrailer October 11, 2011 at 11:55 am

3rd shift exterminators?

paris biltong October 11, 2011 at 11:57 am

The Midnight Rambler?

BornInATrailer October 11, 2011 at 11:58 am

Dedicated WoW players?

(sorry, had to go dork)

SorosBot October 11, 2011 at 12:00 pm

World of Warcraft guilds?

BornInATrailer October 11, 2011 at 12:04 pm

My dork-fu, it is stronger.

jus_wonderin October 11, 2011 at 12:05 pm

Go ahead. Test my Nerd shui.

SorosBot October 11, 2011 at 12:17 pm

Just faster, not necessarily stronger! (Dammit also).

RadioOcupados October 11, 2011 at 12:03 pm

Chris Christy on the Governor's fridge?

Doktor Zoom October 11, 2011 at 12:04 pm

Harold & Kumar?

Boojum_Reborn October 11, 2011 at 12:12 pm

The rich, on our national treasury?

V572-⁂½‡‡‡‡‡ October 11, 2011 at 12:15 pm

Nailed it.

mumbly_joe October 11, 2011 at 12:28 pm

Paul Revere? In between the warning shots and bell-ringing, obviously.

zhubajie October 11, 2011 at 6:06 pm

NKVD

jus_wonderin October 11, 2011 at 11:48 am

I have a question: At Cheers? Does everybody know your name??

nounverb911 October 11, 2011 at 11:50 am

NORM!

Doktor Zoom October 11, 2011 at 12:14 pm

No. But at NSA, they do.

MittsHairHelmet October 11, 2011 at 2:56 pm

only tourists go to Cheers so no one knows anyones name.

EatsBabyDingos October 11, 2011 at 11:48 am

All we are saying
Is give mace a chance.

chicken_thief October 11, 2011 at 11:49 am

Riot police – for our freedumz!!!

prommie October 11, 2011 at 11:50 am

Apparently I misread the headlines and thought this was ongoing, today, but no matter. I am still starting to consider taking some personal days. (edited)

Barrelhse October 11, 2011 at 1:13 pm

I think I'll head in there today- I'll be doing Revere's ride going the other way..

memzilla October 11, 2011 at 11:51 am

Please refer to pepper spray and Mace as "Freedom Spray."

Lascauxcaveman October 11, 2011 at 12:38 pm

"Freedom Spray." I like it.

The perfect thing for a Seattle-based superhero.

Bonzos_Bed_Time October 11, 2011 at 11:52 am

This ain't no tea party!

Doktor Zoom October 11, 2011 at 12:05 pm

This ain't no disco!

jus_wonderin October 11, 2011 at 12:09 pm

"Dammit, Jim. I'm a doctor, not a protester!"

V572-⁂½‡‡‡‡‡ October 11, 2011 at 12:16 pm

"What is this thing you call a 'kiss,' one called Jim?"

ibwilliamsi October 11, 2011 at 12:20 pm

This ain't no foolin' around!

James Michael Curley October 11, 2011 at 12:31 pm

No CBGB's

Lascauxcaveman October 11, 2011 at 12:40 pm

But with the rain coming, any protesters occupying a big lawn in a public park or something might soon find themselves members in the Mudd Club.

prommie October 11, 2011 at 12:48 pm

I ain't got time for that now.

James Michael Curley October 11, 2011 at 2:11 pm

So, uh, dirty punks?

baconzgood October 11, 2011 at 11:52 am

They should know that Boston is no place to raise a voice of discontent.

proudgrampa October 11, 2011 at 11:53 am

Dammit.

BornInATrailer October 11, 2011 at 11:53 am

#jvaljean @thebarricade les flics sont à venir!!!

EatsBabyDingos October 11, 2011 at 11:59 am

Uhhh, but don't just about all the people die in Les Miserables?

x111e7thst October 11, 2011 at 12:46 pm

On va faire chanter le plastic aux oreilles du grand patron?

Angry_Marmot October 11, 2011 at 7:45 pm

Sauve qui peut!

Monsieur_Grumpe October 11, 2011 at 11:54 am

That’s very early in the morning. So early that the doughnuts probably weren’t ready. Those are very angry, doughnut deprived cops.

paris biltong October 11, 2011 at 11:55 am

Good to see that Americans are willing to learn something about law enforcement from the Syrians.

hollywooddood October 11, 2011 at 11:55 am

Glad to see the cops have nothing better to do in crime-free Boston.

HobbesEvilTwin October 11, 2011 at 4:14 pm

Well, that's a tough choice for Boston's Bravest ™:

Go try to prevent gang violence in Dorchester?
or
Go beat up some uppity kids who are definitely not packing?

EatsBabyDingos October 11, 2011 at 11:56 am

Let's all go to Boston and throw Teatards in the harbor. For Freedumz lost, and fun found.

SorosBot October 11, 2011 at 11:58 am

Really, Boston cops, and especially the fuckheads giving the orders, what part of "Congress shall make no law … abridging the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances" don't you understand?

In other cities, we've had some individual cops violate the law and start tear-gassing or tazering peaceful protesters, but the police forces in general have done their job; this is the first time I've noticed where the police as a whole have started illegally arresting protesters, as they did in the 60s, or at the last few Republican conventions.

Rosie_Scenario October 11, 2011 at 12:06 pm

"My only regret is that I have but one upfist to give to your post."

V572-⁂½‡‡‡‡‡ October 11, 2011 at 12:18 pm

Oh, that part of the 1st Amendment has been all Scaliated to the point where it means approximately this: "The right of the People to peaceably assemble and petition the Government for redress of grievances shall be exercised only at times and in areas designated by the Government. For freedom."

Such areas are now of course known as "1st Amendment Cages."

Crank_Tango October 11, 2011 at 12:40 pm

maybe they need to form a corporation? OWS Inc.?

Lascauxcaveman October 11, 2011 at 12:43 pm

Brilliant!

1 Assemble a group of protesters
2 Incorporate
3 …?
4 Profit!

V572-⁂½‡‡‡‡‡ October 11, 2011 at 1:17 pm

Item 3 breaks down as follows:

3a Get heads bashed by cops
3b Spend $$$ suing cops for violating civil liberties
3c Hope that jury is not made up of civil servants, as most are

SorosBot October 11, 2011 at 12:47 pm

Ah yes, "Free speech zones", even though according to the Constitution all of America is a free speech zone.

Chichikovovich October 11, 2011 at 1:08 pm

Scalito, Thomas and Roberts have that covered. 'Cause when they wrote the constitution, everybody wore wigs and tricorner hats, right? And stockings and breeches. So you only get to freely assemble if you're wearing those things. That's why the tea partiers didn't get arrested even though they were abusing and threatening members of congress, while the OWS people are being arrested for excessive hackey-sack.

V572-⁂½‡‡‡‡‡ October 11, 2011 at 1:18 pm

You could put out somebody's eye with one of those! (if you fired it from a cannon, maybe, at point blank range)

ifthethunderdontgetya October 11, 2011 at 11:58 am

Members of the Boston Police Department moved in to dismantle and destroy tents after protesters ignored multiple warnings to move from the Rose Kennedy Greenway, a strip of parks and public spaces where they have been camped out for more than a week, the Boston Globe reports. Members of the media were told to leave and not to film.

Just like Ben Franklin would have wanted.

USA! USA! USA!
~

SorosBot October 11, 2011 at 11:59 am

So that's two, two violations of the First Amendment at once! Man, fascism rocks.

edgydrifter October 11, 2011 at 11:58 am

File this under "the beatings will continue until morale improves."

Schmannnity October 11, 2011 at 11:58 am

Call Samuel Adams and let's meet at the Old South Meeting House.

"If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude greater than the animating contest for freedom, go home from us in peace. We seek not your counsel, nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you; May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen." — Samuel Adams

paris biltong October 11, 2011 at 12:03 pm

Perfect comment for the previous thread too, Thumbs up.

RadioOcupados October 11, 2011 at 12:06 pm

Yeah, but it's still shitty beer.

proudgrampa October 11, 2011 at 12:25 pm

Thank you, Radio! I never could understand why people raved about Sam Adams.

Lascauxcaveman October 11, 2011 at 12:46 pm

As someone who's tasted as many different beers as he can get his hands on, I'll say that those many varieties of Sam Adams tend to be pretty ho-hum.

I think the marketing strategy is it's "microbrews" for people who don't like beer very much.

proudgrampa October 11, 2011 at 12:54 pm

You may be right, Lascaux. In the beer world, it seems to be all about marketing these faux microbreweries.

Sam Adams is about as micro as my beer belly.

Chet Kincaid October 11, 2011 at 12:55 pm

I guess you're right. I don't like beer very much, and I do like Sam Adams.

JerkCade October 11, 2011 at 1:41 pm

Nothing wrong with a Sammy. In many places it's the only palatable choice.

ThundercatHo October 11, 2011 at 12:00 pm

They would have sent in the National Guard if there weren't otherwise "occupied".

DailyGrumbles October 11, 2011 at 12:02 pm

FREEZE!!! You Chili Choking Pepper Belly!!!!!

Indiepalin October 11, 2011 at 12:03 pm

In Soviet Russia, you break law. In America, law break you!

Schmannnity October 11, 2011 at 12:46 pm

Yakov Smirnoff, three shows nightly, Branson, MO.

hagajim October 11, 2011 at 12:03 pm

So much for a free country right Boston….fuckers.

EatsBabyDingos October 11, 2011 at 12:05 pm

Maybe Boston should ask the Saudis for "help," like Bahrain. Because Saudi Arabia loves to help.

Mehgoat October 11, 2011 at 12:05 pm

Chick shrieking has got to stop.

Exkindergartner October 11, 2011 at 12:07 pm

Last night this sounded like a nation-wide organized effort to arrest the protestors in several cities. In Seattle, the mayor stopped the police from acting. This is crazy. The biggest news this morning was the NBA delaying the start of basketball.

Crazy. Bull. Shit.

Doktor Zoom October 11, 2011 at 12:13 pm

"The police are not here to create disorder. The police are here to preserve disorder."

–Richard Daley

(I'll quit re-posting it when the cops quit giving me a reason to keep quoting it)

Boojum_Reborn October 11, 2011 at 12:14 pm

I get it now. Riot Police start riots. Just like Firemen set fires. Fahrenheit 451 meets 1984.

Billmatic October 11, 2011 at 12:28 pm

Last I checked on the Occupy Austin rally they had posted a picture that looked like the UT Sorority protest of Bank of America and had informed us all that the "movement would not be co-opted" by the likes of George Soros but less than 24 hours later they had to give a shout out to "the great people at Planet K" for all their donations and help. Which for those of you that don't know is our multi-city head shop chain in Central Texas. I almost suspect them of being organized and run by right-wing infiltrators. Seriously guys, OccupyAustin(tm) sponsored by the good folks at PLANET K(tm)? Eat shit.

Can you guys forgive me if I want to shoot tear gas at them?

Billmatic October 11, 2011 at 12:30 pm

And just to be clear I *love* weed. I just don't think they understand what it means to have corporate sponsorship, besides the fact that the right is doing its best to portray it as pot smoking middle class white youth.

Chet Kincaid October 11, 2011 at 12:57 pm

What exactly would be wrong with being co-opted by Soros?

Billmatic October 11, 2011 at 1:23 pm

Unsure, but remember your local head shop chain: totes ok.

sati_demise October 11, 2011 at 1:55 pm

All corporations are not equal.
Is Planet K was a multi national who bought US politicians to stifle competition?
Are they polluting our air and water for profit?
Are they driving children into hunger & poverty by speculating on commodities?

If not they may be one of the good guys.

Redrighthand October 11, 2011 at 12:36 pm

I expected more from mayor mumbles… I guess that's my fault.

weejee October 11, 2011 at 12:43 pm

During the raid were the cops chanting "panties, panties"? Aren't they members of John Wayne Gacy's fraternity I Eta Thigh?

mavenmaven October 11, 2011 at 12:51 pm

One step closer to the jackboot…

4TheTurnstiles October 11, 2011 at 12:55 pm

I'll tell you one thing that's true:
If you can't find justice it'll find you…

<sing along!>

GlowneyHouse October 11, 2011 at 6:12 pm

I've had,,,a bad day,

freakishlywrong October 11, 2011 at 1:04 pm

The hate filled pink balloon, Glenn Beck said that the protesters were going to come in their houses and drag them outside and kill them. Fucking conservatives. Masters of projection.

V572-⁂½‡‡‡‡‡ October 11, 2011 at 1:21 pm

Nobody pays any attention to Beck anymore unless he says really, really crazy shit. And even then it's just us listening, for fun.

Angry_Marmot October 11, 2011 at 7:43 pm

Drag them outside and kill them? Maybe we ought to start listening to him.

Negropolis October 12, 2011 at 2:00 am

Well, now, we wouldn't want to let a good lie like that go to waist, would we?

GFPcat October 11, 2011 at 1:11 pm

When do the police begin riding through the crowds on camels?

Duly_Noted October 11, 2011 at 1:48 pm

Just because Boston was home of the original Tea Party doesn't mean the local citizenry pays much attention to it. The police are even more of a tool of their corporate masters in Beantown than anywhere else. Having lived through the busing crisis their in the 70's I remember their methodology well.

Antispandex October 11, 2011 at 2:23 pm

These guys missed a golden opportunity when they chose this "occupy" title. Bonus Army, now those were the days! Back then if the government turned the army lose on it's citzens and rode them down with horses and turned dogs on them, well, you can just bet that everybody in the country was pretty damn upset! But Occupy? See? It sounds like we are being invaded…by hippies…and not the nice sweet kids that went to Chicago in 68!… Maybe. I wasn't real good in history class.

gurukalehuru October 11, 2011 at 2:34 pm

Fuck the Yankees/Red Sox nonsense. Which city throws the more radical protest? Game on.

ttommyunger October 11, 2011 at 11:45 pm

Too bad MacArthur is dead.

efenhel October 12, 2011 at 1:56 pm

As the Dude said: OWWW! FUCKING FASCIST!

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