Occupy Boston Holds Ground After Eviction Deadline

Police hold back as protesters party night away
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 9, 2011 8:03 AM CST
Occupy Movement: Occupy Boston Holds Ground Despite Eviction Deadline
Occupy Boston protester Heather McCann, of Watertown, Mass., center, loads a crate of books into a truck at the Dewey Square encampment while dismantling the camps library.   (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Boston's mayor wanted Occupy protesters evicted by midnight last night, but police haven't taken action as some protesters stand their ground. Though Thomas Menino set an eviction deadline, he didn't say when the camp should be forcibly closed down, police said. "We're continuing to work with" the protesters, "and hopefully come to a good conclusion where we don't have any confrontations and there are no arrests," said the police superintendent.

There were, however, a pair of arrests last night after protesters erected a tent in the middle of the street and wouldn't remove it. With midnight approaching, Occupy Boston supporters from surrounding cities like Worcester and Providence, RI, joined the protesters' ranks. With some 1,000 people around the financial district site, the mood was celebratory; protesters danced to a marching band. Others, however, packed up. As dawn approached, the AP reported a quieter scene, composed of handfuls of police officers and protesters, one raking a section of the greenway that sat newly empty. (More Occupy Wall Street stories.)

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