Occupy Boston protesters deny graffiti allegations

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October 24, 2011, 2:06 pm

(NECN: John Moroney, Boston, Mass.) - The Occupy Boston Movement is nearly a month old. For the most part, there have been few controversies. But the group is now defending itself from -- among other things -- accusations of vandalism.

"All the responsible people here aren't about graffiti. Signs, yeah. Talking to people of course. But not, not, not lawlessness," said Philip O'Connell of Occupy Boston.

Police are looking at whether the group is responsible for graffiti that popped up over the weekend. Spray painted words and markings were found at more than 20 locations downtown, primarily banks. Some of those messages read: Burn the money. End the Fed. Tax the Rich.

"Ninety-nine percent of those folks there don't want to cause trouble," said Boston Mayor Tom Menino.

Besides the accusation of vandalism, two people -- with a 6-year-old boy -- were arrested in Dewey Square over the weekend and now face drug charges. Protesters marched on Boston Police headquarters Saturday after a group hacked into the computer accounts of officers in support of Occupy Boston. This list of indiscretions raises questions about whether Occupy Boston will wear out its welcome.

"Can it wear out the welcome? Yes, it can. But I think most of the people down there will not allow that to happen," Menino said.

Boston police plan to look through surveillance video to see if they can identify any suspects.

Tags: protests, graffiti, Occupy Wall Street, Occupy Boston
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