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VIDEO: Occupy Boston: Police arrest 100 protesters


A sign is staked out in front of Occupy Boston's camp in Dewey Square, located in Boston's financial district. Hundreds of Boston and Transit police officers moved in on a group of Occupy Boston demonstrators early Tuesday morning for expanding into nearby Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway.


Jordan Helton

Hundreds of Boston and Transit police officers moved in on a group of Occupy Boston demonstrates early Tuesday morning, tore down tents and arrested about 100 protesters, Reuters reports.

And in New York, protesters are expected to march to the homes of Manhattan's wealthiest executives Tuesday.

"At 1:30 this morning hundreds of police in full riot gear brutally attacked Occupy Boston," according to the group's news release. The group claims that authorities "made no distinction between protesters, medics, or legal observers."

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The arrests came after the police sent a message to the group late Monday, telling them they had to return to their original encampment area, which was Dewey Square Park, by nightfall. Protesters had been staying in the park all month but some had expanded into nearby Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway on Monday.

Police spokesman Jamie Kenneally told the Associated Press the arrests were mostly for trespassing.

Police told Reuters that no one was injured during the arrests.

"Civil disobedience will not be tolerated," Boston Mayor Thomas Menino told local media early Tuesday.

The Occupy Wall Street movement began in New York City almost a month ago. The movement has grown in New York, is spreading to other cities and is attracting more and more media attention.

Reuters reports that the New York protesters will march Tuesday to the homes of News Corp's Rupert Murdoch, JPMorgan Chase's Jamie Dimon and others in what is being called a "Billionaire's Tour."

The movement has also attracted attention from Ben & Jerry's, the first corporation to back the protesters. The board of directors of Ben & Jerry’s issued a statement Monday in support of the Occupy Wall Street protests taking place in New York City and other cities around the country.

"We, the Ben & Jerry’s Board of Directors, compelled by our personal convictions and our Company’s mission and values, wish to express our deepest admiration to all of you who have initiated the non-violent Occupy Wall Street Movement and to those around the country who have joined in solidarity," the statement said. "We know the media will either ignore you or frame the issue as to who may be getting pepper sprayed rather than addressing the despair and hardships borne by so many, or accurately conveying what this movement is about. All this goes on while corporate profits continue to soar and millionaires whine about paying a bit more in taxes. And we have not even mentioned the environment."

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