Funny how media sources, who were so quick to portray every vestage of protest in the Middle East now shy away from reporting on protests in their own lands.
It may even be a concerted effort to withhold publicity, which as we all know often incites others to take part in events or can even incite violence. Is it that such media sources did not care about the extent of violence in the Middle East, as it was not on their doorstep, and also that it had a valuable resource, namely oil, up for grabs?. It all smack of hypocrisy to this author.
Authorities had told the group to move from a green area it was occupying downtown. Whether they wanted them to move to an area where it would be "out of sight and out of mind" is unclear. However the police had told them that they must return to Dewey Square, where a tent city is rapidly growing. I guess it will be easier to contain the protesters, if they are all in one place. Sitting ducks springs to mind.
The authorities maintain that for hours they had tried to persude the protesters to stay put in the Square. Police had given the reason of potential damage to recently planted trees, for their decision to bar the protesters from the green area.
In what ultimately made for spectacular viewing the police descended on the break away protesters. It has been reported that a group of Veterans were stood between the police and the protesters. The Vets all carried American flags. That made not one iota of difference. It must have almost been reminiscent of a scene from Dr Zhivago set in the Russian revolution.
When the police swooped, many vets were pushed to the ground. A protester said, “If they wanted to arrest us they could have done that without pushing us...without tramping the flag.” Good publicity and fuel for the cause of the protesters and bad publicity for the authorities. That said, if the media continue to scarcely report on such events it will be neither.
Another protester said, “We’re being seen as a legitimate organization. People are panicking and trying to get us out of here.” Yes it certainly seems that way. It seems that the west is keen to inflame and incite protests in foreign lands but cannot stand the heat when they occur at home.
The protesters banner perhaps displayed their anger and maybe the voice of the pordinary man and women saying, “Apathy isn’t working, Raise your voice”. A couple of the accompanying chants were “Fund education, not corporations” and “We got sold out. Rich got bailed out.” Ain't that the truth.
In the end around 50 protesters were arrested and soon bailed. The Occupy Boston Protest is now considering how to raise the bail money. Some repots list the number arrested as higher. There have also been reports of huge finanical rewards being paid in overtime to police officers who are policing the protests in the US.
The arrests were made around 1.30 in the morning when the eyes of the world were closed. This meant minimum publicity and reporting.