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Morning at Morrissey Ave.
03 Oct 2000
A contingent of 20 anti-CPD demonstrators arrived near the proposed rally site early this morning, they were greeted by a stern Boston P.D. presence.
At around 9:00 am this morning a group of Green Party supporters from Rutgers University in New Jersey arrived at the J.F.K./ U Mass "T" stop near the proposed rally site for protests against the closed presidential debates.
The group held their signs low and their banners not yet unfurled, as there were nearly 12 hours till the scheduled rally. They had arrived early to rendevous with a few freinds and hopefully get a little rest from the long overnight drive.
They were surprised to see a strong showing by the Boston Police Department who had already set up baricades and blocked off the entrance to the University of Massachusetts - Boston. Nick Smith, a member of the NJ group reported were "four empty busses on site (presumably used to haul off protestors) but the police were not yet wearing riot gear"
Though not yet fully clad for the event, the Police were vigilant. Nick claimed "there were a team of bike cops that followed us around". As the group moved across the cirlcle towards the southern edge of Columbus Park (just north of the entrance to U Mass) police informed the group that they were nearing private property and were not permitted to trespass.
Tiring of the police escort and a constant reminder of the boundaries, the RU Greens decided to gather with others assembling at Park St. near Boston Commons; the kickoff site of the "Freedon For Sale Trail".
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