Hours after a judge lifted an injunction, Mayor Thomas M. Menino called on the defiant Occupy Boston protesters to strike their tents and stop camping at Dewey Square.
“The conditions at Dewey Square have deteriorated significantly and pose very real health and safety risks. The city strongly encourages the Occupy movement to abide by the Rose Kennedy Greenway regulations and remove their tents and refrain from camping in that area,” Menino said tonight.
“We applaud the judge for clearly recognizing the City’s authority to protect all of our residents, including those currently at Dewey Square. Our first priority has always been and will always be to ensure the public’s health and safety,” Menino added.
The ruling gives the mayor the authority to remove the occupiers from their downtown tent city, but Menino spokeswoman Dot Joyce said there are no immediate plans to do so.