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

Wonkette’s Garrett Quinn has been covering the growing Occupy Boston protest for his 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,]

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  1. SorosBot

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

    1. Barrelhse

      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!

    2. Negropolis

      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.

        1. SorosBot

          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).

      1. jus_wonderin

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

  2. prommie

    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)

        1. Lascauxcaveman

          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.

  3. paris biltong

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

    1. HobbesEvilTwin

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

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

  4. SorosBot

    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.

    1. V572-⁂½‡‡‡‡‡

      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."

          1. V572-⁂½‡‡‡‡‡

            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

      1. SorosBot

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

    2. Chichikovovich

      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.

      1. V572-⁂½‡‡‡‡‡

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

  5. ifthethunderdontgetya

    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!

  6. Schmannnity

    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

        1. Lascauxcaveman

          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.

          1. proudgrampa

            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.

  7. EatsBabyDingos

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

  8. Exkindergartner

    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.

  9. Doktor Zoom

    "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)

  10. Billmatic

    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?

    1. Billmatic

      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.

    2. sati_demise

      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.

  11. freakishlywrong

    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.

    1. V572-⁂½‡‡‡‡‡

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

  12. Duly_Noted

    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.

  13. Antispandex

    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.

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