In a move expected by the Occupy Boston protesters downtown, the mayor has started court proceedings to evict them.
WCVB reports Mayor Thomas Menino has filed a 200-page complaint that argues the encampment at Dewey Square is a health and safety hazard. The city says the protesters have First Amendment rights, but no right to live on public property.
"Occupy" protests around the country have been shut down recently by municipal governments.
The case is scheduled to go before a judge on Thursday.
Occupy Boston and similar protests around the nation decry the growing income inequality of our society and a perception that the system is rigged in favor of those at the very top.
Menino's move comes as the Occupy movement seeks to expand outside city core camps into neighborhoods like JP and Boston suburbs.
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