Police evict Occupy Boston protesters; 46 arrested 

click to enlarge Boston police officers remove an Occupy Boston protester from Dewey Square in Boston before dawn Saturday. - ESSDRAS M SUAREZ, POOL/AP
  • Essdras M Suarez, Pool/AP
  • Boston police officers remove an Occupy Boston protester from Dewey Square in Boston before dawn Saturday.

Police have evicted Wall Street protesters from Boston's Dewey Square, tearing down tents and arresting 46 people.

Police communications director Elaine Driscoll says officers moved in at about 5 a.m. Saturday. About two dozen demonstrators linked arms and sat down in nonviolent protest and police soon began arresting them.

The operation lasted less than an hour.

Mayor Thomas Menino said the city had to act "in the interest of public safety."

The city had set a deadline for midnight Thursday for the protesters to abandon the site but police took no action until early Saturday.

Occupy Boston said though it had been evicted, the movement would continue to fight against inequality. The group planned to meet on Boston Common on Saturday evening.

Protesters first erected the encampment on Sept. 30.

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