Occupy Boston only occupying Dewey Square

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October 11, 2011, 5:52 pm
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(NECN: Julie Loncich, Boston, Mass.) - Occupy Boston occupied only Dewey Square again Tuesday.

Camping and cleaning resumed at the only parcel of land permitted by the city of Boston. That is to say, the only area the two parties have an agreement about.

It is a far cry from the scene early the same morning, when protesters took over the Rose Kennedy Greenway after Boston Police told them not to, chaos ensued and more than a 100 were arrested.

"Yesterday they took some actions that weren't in the best interest of public safety," Mayor Tom Menino said. "Myself, as mayor, I agree with most of their issues but I have to make sure that the city works for all of our people and not for a small group."

Mayor Menino says police acted within boundaries and says police brutality, as some protesters have called it, simply wasn't the issue. He says the city will let the Occupy Boston protesters stay at Dewey Square for now, and only Dewey Square.

"We're going to have to figure out some sort of a compromise in terms of how to accommodate all of the supporters coming down here and that want to get involved so if the city maybe has an alternate location that they would be okay with us going to, I think that we'd probably be pretty receptive to that," said Jason Potteiger.

For his part, Timothy Ralph, homeless for years, is frustrated with protesters. He says they should be volunteering at non-profits if they want to make a difference, and leave the area he's never been allowed to stay in for more than a night or so.

"As far as putting up tents and all that stuff? We'd done been in jail a long time ago."

Tags: protest, Mayor Menino, arraignment, arrests, Occupy Wall Street, Occupy Boston
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