Boston police say they have made 47 arrests, with 33 men and 14 women taken from the Boston Occupy Camp, mostly for trespassing, according to The Associated Press.
At a news conference at police headquarters on Saturday, Boston Mayor Thomas Menino praised officers and restraint of the protesters during the clearing of the camp.
“In the interest of public safety ultimately we had to act,” Menino said, adding the city would stop any attempt by protesters to set up camp elsewhere in the city, AP reported.
Updated at 6:40 a.m. ET: Boston police says about 40 people were arrested at the Boston Occupy camp and are being charged with trespassing, WCVB TV reports.The camp was being cleared with two dump trucks brought in to remove tents and debris.
Police superintendent William Evans tells reporters that “it went very peaceful,” the station reports. “There was a certain element we might have had trouble with, but that element didn’t show up,” he added. “They overstayed their welcome.”
Published at 5:20 a.m. ET: Police moved in on the Occupy Boston camp Saturday and began tearing down tents, according to reports.
The Boston Globe, in its live blog, said protesters had sat down in Dewey Square with their arms linked.
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