Having coffee yesterday morning with her Hayastantsi friend, Marash Girl was interrupted by a telephone call from New York City. It was Marash Girl's son, calling her attention to the alarming treatment of the Occupy Boston protestors by the Boston Police. [Occupy Boston has been camped out at Dewey Square, the beginning of the Rose Kennedy Greenway, opposite South Station for several weeks in support of Occupy Wall Street.] Marash Girl's son read the newspaper report aloud and begged Marash Girl to go in to Boston to report on the situation, but Marash Girl was working yesterday and could not go into Boston. She could, however, read the newspapers and listen to WBUR.
And this is what she learned. 100 Occupy Boston protestors, both young and old, were roughed up by the Boston police as they were being arrested yesterday. Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino's response? Menino "agrees" with the protestors on the issues but says they can’t be allowed to “tie up the city.” Marash Girl's son asks, "How is camping in Dewey Square or on the Rose Kennedy Greenway in any way tying up or disrupting the city? If the protesters were blocking the entrance to South Station or the subway entrance or lying in the middle of Atlantic Avenue, I can understand the need to stop such behavior. But sitting in Dewey Square and the Rose Kennedy Greenway in no way ties up the city of Boston. Really, Mr. Mayor . . ."
"The city is protecting grass, not free speech," commented one Occupy Boston protestor.
Marash Girl wonders what Rose Kennedy would have said had she known of the arrests of Occupy Boston protestors as they were exercising their right of free speech, protesting injustice on her Greenway, their tents, clothing, and cameras, thrown into dumpsters.