Menino Moves to Evict Occupy Boston

According to WCVB, Mayor Thomas Menino has filed a 200-page complaint arguing the Dewey Square encampment is a health and safety hazard.

In a move expected by the Occupy Boston protesters downtown, the mayor has started court proceedings to evict them.

WCVB reports Mayor Thomas Menino has filed a 200-page complaint that argues the encampment at Dewey Square is a health and safety hazard. The city says the protesters have First Amendment rights, but no right to live on public property.

"Occupy" protests around the country have been shut down recently by municipal governments.

The case is scheduled to go before a judge on Thursday.

Occupy Boston and similar protests around the nation decry the growing income inequality of our society and a perception that the system is rigged in favor of those at the very top.

Menino's move comes as the Occupy movement seeks to expand outside city core camps into neighborhoods like JP and Boston suburbs.

Patch has covered this story as it unfolds, and we have an ongoing discussion about whether the Occupiers should stay, video from our editors, as well as a first-person blog post about the movement and pictures from Patch users.  Check out our resources and weigh in in the comments section. 

Joseph December 02, 2011 at 06:23 PM
"So, I repeat on behalf of that anonymous occupier: **** you, *****!" - Just as I figured Jan. Class act. You refuse to answer questions, deflect issues into other issues, make excuses for failure, and constantly blame others for your own (and OWS) problems. My guess is you probably support giving trophies to kids coming in last place, too. Have a Merry Christmas Jan. Hope Santa (Obama/State of MA) and my tax dollars are good to you. You're welcome.
Jan Paulsen December 02, 2011 at 06:42 PM
And a Merry Christmas to you, too, Joseph? What are you doing to help the less fortunate this year?
Owen December 02, 2011 at 11:56 PM
OB has been "ptotesting" since September. They have accomplished nothing. Meanwhile they are hogging public space that other citizens have the right to use. This "occupation" needs to end...NOW. On the other hand, part of me feels like, "Yeah, let them have a few more weeks. If the BPD can't clear them out, the single digit and sub-zero temperatures on the way surely will."
Owen December 03, 2011 at 06:16 AM
Ok, so what have you done to document to drug deals you claim are happening out in the open around the Common? Obviously you're so concerned by the lack of police presence that you've called the cops every time you see it go down, right? You're profanity and rudeness is a big reason many people hate the "Occupy" movement. You all seem to think that being in everyone's face and being abrasive, loud, and overly aggressive is all you need to succeed. I'm sure you'll fire back with something rude and aggressive, so have at it. You seem to be very angry and not at all at peace.
Joe Gray December 08, 2011 at 08:26 PM
After Midnight. Menino's ultimatum. Will Occupy Boston relocate to rented office space or another lawn? Menino doing CYA with court ruling and tourist season about to pick up for the end of December.


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