Authorities in Boston cleared out Occupy Wall Street protesters camped out in Dewey Square over the weekend. Early Saturday morning, police arrested 46 people on disorderly conduct and trespassing charges as they dismantled the 10-week-old encampment. Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, who ordered the raid, said the protesters opened a dialogue on the issue of income inequality and acted with restraint when their demonstration was broken up.
Boston Mayor Thomas Menino: “In the interest of public safety, ultimately we had to act. We did so with patience and respect. I also want to recognize the people of Occupancy—Occupy Boston. They shined a much needed light, still needed, on the growing economic inequality in this country. In the act—in the end, they also acted with restraint. I thank them for that.”