Oct. 28, 2011
BOSTON — Facing a possible nor'easter this weekend, some Occupy Boston protesters said they'd stay put despite the worsening weather. WGBH reporter Phillip Martin visited the encampment and found activists were determined to tough it out.
About 300 people taking part in Occupy Boston in the downtown financial district worked through the night of October 27 — and through the season’s first snowfall — to winterize dozens of tents. Jason Chambers, an underemployed union ironworker, explained his approach.
“For the waterproofing factor, we’ve upgraded the tents with tarps to keep out the water,” he said. “Once you’re in, you have a halfway decent sleeping bag, they’re usually rated for low temperatures.”
A protester named Kevin (he did not want his last name used) said that no matter low how the mercury fell or how high the snow piled up, “we’re going to keep going." His determination was fueled in part by the recent clash between Occupiers and police in Oakland, Calif.
Occupy Boston inhabitant Robbie Lesser had been outside for longer, colder spells growing up, he said: “It seems that people are dealing with it so far. I mean, it’s going to be a daily challenge.” Did any campers pack up and leave? “I cannot confirm or deny that,” he said.
Protesters in Providence may not have a choice on whether to endure the winter: Commissioner of Public Safety Steven Pare ordered them to leave Burnside Park by October 30. However, Pare said that if they did not obey he would not physically remove the protesters but would turn instead to legal means.
Material from The Associated Press was used in this report.
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