Watch Disturbing Video of Mass Arrest of Occupy Boston Protesters, Including Veterans for Peace

Last night, the Boston Police Department moved in on an outgrowth of the Occupy Boston protests last night, and their arrest of a group of Veterans for Peace is making headlines this morning as it was captured on video (below). Despite the fifty arrests, the protesters are regrouping and setting up another "tent city." One protestergamely tweeted from jail.

From USA today's report on the protest:

Boston police had warned protesters for several hours that they would have to return to Dewey Square, where a tent city has been steadily growing, and issued leaflets saying protesters could not occupy the greenway.

Early Tuesday, about 10 police officers patrolled the greenway, some with dogs. Protesters who went to a nearby police station to bail people out did not find anyone there, and by 4 a.m. they had returned to their encampment to discuss how to raise $4,000 in bail money.

Boston resident Matt Hollander, 25, said a group of veterans carrying American flags were standing in between police and the protesters when officers advanced on them. One veteran, he said, was pushed to the ground and a group of protesters fell in a heap.

"If they wanted to arrest us they could have done that without pushing us…without tramping the flag," Hollander said.

Another protester, Shawdeen Vatan, 21, of Arlington, Mass., said she was not surprised at what happened.

"We're being seen as a legitimate organization," she said. "People are panicking and trying to get us out of here."

 ThinkProgress has an on-the ground reportthat makes the following footage below seem even more horrifying:

The police then tore down the protesters’ encampment. Live feeds from onlookers showed Boston Police dumping dismantled tents, signs, and chairs into waiting garbage trucks, destroying the protesters’ property.

Tuesday morning’s mass arrest marks the first significant confrontation between police and Occupy Boston. Activists in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street began an occupation of Dewey Square Park, a small park in the heart of Boston’s financial district on Friday, September 30, without conflict. The number of participants in Occupy Boston outgrew the space over the week. 

UPDATE: The Boston Globe has a detailed summary of what happened, and Alison Kilkenny at the Nation discusses the implication of incidents like this:  "public space" becoming privatized in America. 

AlterNet / By Sarah Seltzer

Posted at October 11, 2011, 3:06am

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