Occupy Boston shows solidarity with movement

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November 17, 2011, 12:46 pm

(NECN: Scot Yount, Boston) "All across the country everybody knows we need a change," said Philip O'Connell of Occupy Boston.

Calling for a national day of action, protesters from the Occupy Wall Street movement blocked traffic into New York's financial district, clashing with police and promising mass gatherings in other cities.

One of those cities is Boston, though at the time of the arrests in New York, most hub occupiers were asleep.  But as news spread of the arrests in New York, Occupiers are even more determined.

"The day of action by the New York police department against Zuccotti Park was a very, very, big misstep in this whole situation, I think they've really amped up a lot of people in a non violent way, obviously everything about this is non violent on such a global scale," said Devon Pendleton of Occupy Boston.

Occupy Boston will not be moving anytime soon.  Yesterday a court upheld the protestor's rights to remain in Dewey Square where the encampment has been since it began back on September 30th. That's despite the fact that the city's mayor has said he has no plans to ask Occupy Boston to clear out.

"Trust me Menino would like nothing more than to have us out of here and have his little park back and start planting his grass again but we have done everything right here as far as keeping ties with the community close," said Pendleton.

Protesters here are planning to march through the streets of Boston and will highlight the need for infrastructure maintenance and repair by including several bridges on their route.  That repair work they say would provide badly needed jobs according to a press release.

"We're expecting a big turnout for the National Day of Action and we think New Yorkers are gonna support Occupy Wall Street, New Yorkers are Americans too everybody know the country is in damn big trouble," said O'Connell.

Occupy Boston will begin its march at 4pm.

Tags: March , Scot Yount, Occupy Wall Street, Occupy Boston, movement, solidarity
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