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Police, Protesters Standoff at Charlestown Bridge

On Monday, thousands of demonstrators marched toward the Charlestown Bridge as part of the Occupy Boston protest -- but they were halted by police.

The protesters who have set up camp in Dewey Square and on a patch of grass on the Rose Kennedy Greenway almost brought their movement to Charlestown on Monday afternoon -- but they were stopped by Boston Police as they made their way toward the Charlestown Bridge.

Occupy Boston has generally been a statement against Wall Street and for the "99 percent" -- average Americans that they say are suffering at the hands of corporate and financial corruption. 

But on Monday, the movement was joined by Right to the City and Charlestown-based MassUniting, and the groups focused their message on the American Jobs ActProtesters marched deliberately to the Charlestown Bridge to highlight how its among the many bridges, tunnels and highways that have been deemed structurally deficient. 

And that's why police didn't allow protesters to pass when they hit the bridge -- they didn't think it could safely hold so many people. Organizers of the demonstration say 10,000 people were participating on Monday. 

Organizers released a statement: 

As proposed, the American Jobs Act would invest upwards of $850.7 million in Massachusetts’ bridges, roads and transit systems – creating at least 11,000 local jobs. The US Senate has scheduled a preliminary vote on the bill for Tuesday.

You can see video from the event on their YouTube page: http://bit.ly/n9RPza.

The Senate has scheduled a preliminary vote on the Jobs Act for today. 

Read more about the standoff at Charlestown Bridge on Universal Hub and the Boston Herald.


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