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News :: Organizing : Politics
Report From the First Night of the Occupation
01 Oct 2011
Modified: 11:27:45 AM
Occupy Boston kicked off their occupation of Boston's financial district in fine style yesterday evening, with hundreds converging on Dewey Square to protest the continued domination of their lives by a small unaccountable handful of bankers and plutocrats.

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Continuing form the Right to the City's march on Bank of America (, occupiers and sympathizers gathered across from South Station chanting and drumming, accompanied by Brooklyn's Rude Mechanical Orchestra.

Over the next few hours some people left, while more arrived, with numbers swelling to an estimated 800. Working group meetings formed to continue to organize logistics. Green-hatted legal observers from the National Lawyers Guild arrived to keep an eye on the cops, who at this point were few in number.

Slightly after dark the food working group, largely consisting of Food Not Bombs volunteers, arrived with dinner. A general assembly formed to discuss developing conditions and hear from the working groups.

Later in the evening an unpermitted street march departed from the occupation, winding its way through downtown and the North End before heading back to Dewey Square. At least 200 marchers crossed the street to the Federal Reserve building, where a line of cops prevented them from entering. A raucous confrontation ensued, with marchers screaming and chanting slogans, and banging drums and other noisemakers.

Nobody was arrested, and the protest eventually dissipated. Many of the police were state troopers, leading to speculation that the Boston police were unprepared for the size and militancy of the occupation and needed reinforcements.

A second general assembly was held to discuss the march and its implications, after which tents were pitched hurriedly to escape an impending thunderstorm. Nearly 100 occupiers stayed overnight in spite of continued showers and thunderstorms.

Unlike in New York, police in Boston have made no objections to bullhorns, tents or masks.
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