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News from Massachusetts: TNI MA GEN BN <GO>
Oct. 11 (Bloomberg) -- More than 100 people were arrested early Tuesday morning by Boston police near Dewey Square where scores living have been camping out in tents since Oct. 1 to protest Wall Street policies, according to Nadeem Manzen of the organizing group, Occupy Boston.
The arrests followed a march by thousands of students yesterday from Boston Common to the area where the tents are pitched.
When protesters began expanding their camp onto land where recent renovations had taken place, they were warned to leave, according to officer Eddy Chrispin, a police spokesman.
“Most of them opted not to,’’ he said, which precipitated the arrests by a group of about 200 police.
Manzen said the police began arresting people after 1 a.m. local time. He said he witnessed a number of protesters being roughly handled by the police.
“I was dragged to the ground a couple of times,’’ said Manzen, who described himself as a member of the group’s media team.
Chrispin said Occupy Boston protesters have been at the Dewey Square location without a permit and by consent of Mayor Thomas Menino and the police.
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