On Monday evening, I got a call from my friend Jesse who had been down at Occupy Boston earlier in the day. Mayor Menino and Boston Police were telling the protestors that they could not stay at the second camp they'd started a block away from the original Dewy Square site, on the Rose Kennedy Greenway; the protestors had till midnight to leave the second site at Atlantic Avenue and Pearl Street or they'd be forcibly removed and arrested. Jesse asked me if I'd go there with him to be unofficial observers and document the goings on should the police take action against the protestors. I'd been wanting to visit Occupy Boston to learn more about it firsthand, and this seemed important to do, so I said yes.
Jesse shot stills with his SLR, and though I brought one, too, I focused on posting in real time via Instagram and Justin.tv. But before I highlight any of that material, I want to direct you to this great 10 minute documentary about Monday night, by Michael Gill.
Gill captured many moments that I also witnessed and shows what it was like there very well. My iPhone video streams are much lower quality and, of course, unedited, but at various times I was broadcasting live to over 3000 viewers, after the police had made most official media leave the scene, so they served a function. One thing not shown in Gill's film was how, after the camp was cleared of protestors, police and sanitation workers disposed of all items remaining---tents, sleeping bags, bedrolls, signs, chairs, supplies---in two sanitation trucks. Here's some footage:
Here's a small slideshow of scenes I captured with the the camer on my phone.
More information about night of October 10 and early morning hours of October 11 at Occupy Boston:
- Boston police move in on protesters on Greenway, scores arrested (Boston Globe)
- BPD Arrest Protesters From ‘Occupy Boston’ (WBUR)
- Mayor Menino Responds To Occupy Boston Arrests (WBUR)
- Statement from the Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy (PDF)
- October 10, 2011: We Will Occupy (Occupy Boston)
- Mass Arrests of Occupy Boston Protestors (Occupy Boston)
- Images from the Takedown (Occupy Boston)
- Boston Police Brutally Assault Occupy Boston (Occupy Boston)
- More on Occupy Boston Arrests (Occupy Boston)
- Occupier: What Happened to Me in the Police Raid and Arrest of 141 Peaceful Protestors (Occupy Boston)