Occupy Boston campers moved north to the park across the street from the main camp, bringing over 30-40 tents. Presently, an estimated 1000+ people are keeping the north camp protected, with calls for water and light coming from both the @Occupy_Boston twitter account as well as individuals’ voices.
The police commissioner and deputy commissioner were on scene. The commissioner was interviewed by Channel 7 news, as well as by two Emerson College students who had been on site all day filming homeless people who had joined the Occupy Boston movement. He seemed generally supporting but wants them out. He stated that the occupiers had stepped outside of where they were allowed to stay, and that they had “allowed them to express their concerns”.
Six to eight legal observers were on scene, spread out along the perimeter sidewalk. One officer carried a stack of plastic cuffs, which indicated the expectation of multiple arrests.
Some believed the police would wait until nightfall to move in, but night has fallen and there has been almost no police action for some time, though bike patrollers remain vigilant across the street.
Another believes they will wait until morning – when many of the occupiers will go to work and the camp will partially empty – before making arrests.
A recent tweet suggests the BPD’s ‘deadline’ is midnight, and reported white police vans by the Federal Reserve building, though this is not yet confirmed. One rumor suggested that 80 SWAT troops were nearby, but this rumor was also not confirmed.
More news as events unfold.