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October 10, 2011

Police Arrest Dozens of 'Occupy Boston' Protesters

Police in the U.S. city of Boston have arrested dozens of protesters who are affiliated with the Occupy Wall Street movement that has sprung up in major cities across the United States.

Arrests began early Tuesday after demonstrators refused police demands to move their protest away from a public area that had been recently renovated. Police wanted the demonstrators to move to their original protest grounds, Dewey Square, where the protesters have set up a tent city.

Police had warned that protesters who did not obey police orders would be arrested on charges of unlawful assembly and trespassing.

Many of the protesters arrested Tuesday are affiliated with the Occupy Boston group, which is an offshoot of the Occupy Wall Street movement that began in New York last month.

Occupy Wall Street is a loosely organized, grass-roots movement that has held protests and sit-ins in various American cities. Demonstrators protest a variety of issues, including corporate greed and economic inequality.

In Washington, demonstrators protesting capitalism and U.S. wars abroad continued their protest just blocks from the White House.

The occupation of Washington's Freedom Plaza by the October 2011 movement is one of two ongoing demonstrations in the capital.  

The group's permit to gather in the square expired Monday, but protesters say the National Park Service, which grants permits for the use of federal land, agreed to extend it for four months.

Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.