Occupy Boston Cleared, 46 Arrested

Here's local coverage of the 5am police raid to finish off Occupy Boston Saturday.

Hundreds of Boston police officers swooped down on the Occupy Boston encampment early this morning, arresting dozens of protesters and tearing down tents, bringing an end to the 10-week protest against economic inequality, the longest continual Occupy demonstration in the country.

Forty-six protesters, 32 men and 14 women, were arrested in the lightning-swift operation, which was over in less than an hour. The vast majority are facing trespassing charges, Boston police spokeswoman Elaine Driscoll said.

“They wanted to get arrested. It went very well, and we’re very happy with this operation,” said Superintendent William Evans.