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Occupy Boston underway

By staff |
October 2, 2011
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Occupy Boston march
Occupy Boston march

Boston, MA - In solidarity with the Occupy Wall Street campaign, Boston is joining in with other cities across the United States.

The Occupy Boston event was planned in less than a week, showing up in strength on the evening of Sept. 30. Over 1000 occupants started their own protest in Dewey Square, right across from the Federal Reserve Bank. The gathering included a large swath of persons with diverse political leanings. After some initial planning for an encampment, the protesters took to the street in an unplanned march.

The march lasted for nearly two hours and weaved all over downtown Boston. Bars and restaurant patrons regarded the protest with a mix of awe and camaraderie as it moved past. The slogans proclaimed solidarity with fellow demonstrators across the nation with chants like “We are the 99 percent!” Other chants included, “Out of the bars, into the streets,” and “They got bailed out, we got sold out!” After the march finished, protesters gathered in front of the Federal Reserve Bank. Police guarded the doors.

Eventually, demonstrators settled down for night, occupying Dewey Square. Support groups have been established to meet all essential needs: medical, food and sanitation. Many other secondary services have also been established, indicating that Occupy Boston is there for the long haul. Signs show a wide support for demands against the capitalist system. When one protester was ask why he was there, he replied, “We live in an unjust world and an unjust country. Too many people rich, too many people poor, too many people starving and dying. We need to change the system and it cannot be reformed. We have to build a new one.”