The encampment had roughly between 100 and 200 people with a lot of people on the outside wandering around trying to figure out what is going on. There is suppose to be a march at four. I am told that I should have seen what it looks like yesterday as there were 1000 people here. A group of four or five policeman in their yellow rain coats watch the proceedings.
Police just outside encampment and South Station in background
A Muddy MessThe encampment is a muddy mess as the night was nasty in the Boston area and grass is streaked with mud and slippery. Dewey Park, where Occupy Boston has encamped, is part of the Rose Kennedy greenway and its ironic and symbolic of these times. At one time the Kennedy greenway was seen as a jewel for tourists coming into the city but now this area has been turned into a part time hippie commune, images of Woodstock the movie come to mind, and a part time peace loving hobo community. It's surrounded by glittering glass and steel structures that represent the wealth of Boston's financial community. One girl looks like a South American revolutionaries with a red handkerchief over her mouth like a bank robber.
They have the call and response that has become famous from the original occupy Wall Street movement as well as the little rain drops that is their way of signing off.
The discussion on pepper spray
A peaceful army has assembled which isn't naive enough not to be prepared for any eventuality. While I was there a discussion took place as to the chemical composition of pepper spray and mace, as they were obviously taking the images of New York. If somebody is down the crowd is told they should remain calm. and try to get out of the line of fire. There will also be medics among the marchers. They will have crosses on their clothing. If someone gets pepper sprayed, it is important to remove your clothes as soon as possible. Wash up as soon as possible to get the pepper spray off you and wash your clothes as soon as you can, using detergent.
The free food table
Occupy Boston will except any donations of food. They favor foods that are more along the lines of veggie or gluten free but they won't turn away a free pizza. There is also a tent there will will they receive non-edible donations: socks, tarpaulins and a variety of other problems.
Unemployment is never far behind
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