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Occupy Boston protest prompts Greenway Conservancy to cancel event

Posted by Jeremy C. Fox  October 12, 2011 08:39 PM

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(Jeremy C. Fox for Boston.com)

Since Sept. 30, Occupy Boston has camped out in Dewey Square Park on the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway.

The ongoing presence of hundreds of Occupy Boston protesters in the Dewey Square Park has prompted the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway Conservancy to cancel a festival planned for Saturday.

In a statement Wednesday, the conservancy announced that the Greenway Mobile Food Fest would be postponed until spring 2012. The conservancy stated that the protesters had cooperated with the load-in and load-out of the Boston Public Market in the park, but the Food Fest, with 12 food trucks and other mobile vendors, was planned to be much larger.

The festival was to have included a cook-off, performances by local bands, children’s crafts and activities, lawn games, and a canned food drive to support the Greater Boston Food Bank.

“The decision is based on the fact the attendees we’re anticipating for the Greenway Mobile Food Fest, when combined with the Occupy Boston encampment on Dewey Square, would simply be too crowded to be considered safe for the public,” the statement read.

The conservancy said Dewey Square Park was the only parcel of the Greenway large enough to accommodate the festival.

In previous statements, the conservancy had described the protesters as cooperative and had praised them for agreeing to avoid the park’s planting beds and to “adhere to common sense rules of conduct.”

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Occupy Boston has attracted a growing number of protesters from a variety of political ideologies.

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