Police attack and beat 'Veterans for Peace' in Boston!

Bill Mattocks

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Well, no.

I started getting these tweets late last night (I was asleep, didn't read them until this morning) that the police were attacking protesters in the 'Occupy Boston' parks, and specifically that they were 'beating' the protective line of war veterans who were standing between them and the protesters. It was also being reported that the police were confiscating all cameras and forbidding any photography of the atrocity.

Oh dear.

So this morning, I start reading the news reports, looking for any photos or videos of these unprovoked beatings of peaceful veterans.

It turns out (as I understand it) that the Occupy Boston people had been trying to expand their 'camp' from one Greenbelt area, where they have a permit to be, to another, where they do not have a permit to be. At 1:30 AM, the police arrived and told them to leave and go back to the area where they were permitted to be, using bullhorns. The people refused.

A line of police in riot gear was assembled, and they began pushing the protesters back out of the area where they were not supposed to be. Even sympathetic news reports claim that there was misbehavior on all sides, including by protesters. One veteran refused to move and was pushed to the ground and arrested.

That was the 'beatings'.

Somewhere between 50 and 100 people were arrested. The rest of the protesters moved back to the park where they have a permit to be.

I realize the protesters do not like this, but the police traditionally dress in riot gear when they handle crowd control situations like this because they are in danger; they where heavier bulletproof armor, helmets, and carry shields, batons, and high-capacity pepper spray; it is not unusual for them to have rocks and bottles thrown at their heads, and to be shot at or stabbed by rioters if things go sideways. Expecting them not to prepare for the worst and objecting to the way they are kitted out is sad and pathetic.

http://redgreenandblue.org/files/2011/10/[email protected]

And if the police tell you to move and you do not move, yes, you can expect to be pushed to the ground. For the record, that is not a 'beating'. And one veteran pushed to to the ground is not "they are beating the veterans." Learn to count.

And when the police try to move you back and you resist them (as the photo shows above), yes, you get arrested. That's a surprise how?


If I had any sympathy for the Boston protesters, it was lost when they started lying.
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Big Don

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Quite a few of those "Veterans" for Peace are not veterans at all...


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Gee. What a great weekend to NOT be in Boston. :rolleyes:

Glad I was up north looking for fall foliage and moose. I had a far better time than those miserable folk. ;)

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