Between 80 and 100 protesters calling themselves activists of the Occupy movement chanted as they held signs and marched from Copley Square through downtown last night to Dewey Square, briefly pausing there before proceeding back toward Copley.
Marchers said they were protesting in solidarity with the Occupy movement in Oakland, where more than 400 people were arrested Saturday after clashes with police.
No arrests were made in Boston last night, said Officer James Kenneally, spokesman for the Police Department. Officers on foot, on bicycle, and in police vehicles followed the protesters and directed traffic along the three-hour round trip, which took place before today’s four-month anniversary of the Occupy Boston movement’s birth.
“This is not dying. We are not going away,’’ said Danny Manriquez, who stood by a tent he briefly set up on Dewey Square. The 25-year-old from Long Beach, Calif., said he has been traveling to cities that had Occupy sites.
“Class warfare is what’s going on here,’’ he said.
The march began at Copley Square at about 7 p.m. The crowd’s slow movement through the Back Bay and downtown streets turned into a sprint just before reaching Dewey Square.
There, some protesters shouted “Welcome home, Occupy,’’ and others planted a flag reading “Occupy Boston at Dewey Square’’ as they filled the section of the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway from which the protest group was removed in the early morning hours of Dec. 10. The 72-day encampment was, at the time, the longest continuous Occupy demonstration in the country.
Protesters in Oakland clashed with police yesterday following a midday rally and march. They threw rocks and bottles at police. Officers responded with volleys of tear gas. Protesters broke into City Hall and smashed glass cases, spray-painted graffiti on walls, and burned an American flag.
At least three officers and one protester were injured.
The Boston protesters carried signs that expressed support for the Oakland Occupiers: “Occupying is not a crime’’; “Occupy Oakland, occupy everything’’; “We are Oakland’’; and “Stop the brutality.’’
The marchers, some of whom wore masks, shouted several antipolice chants laced with profanities, and also yelled in unison “banks got bailed out we got tear-gassed’’ as they moved through the city.
A few protesters, including Bill Lewis, 59, said they noticed the group was targeting police more specifically with its taunts.
“We are so lucky in Boston that we have good relations with the police,’’ said Lewis, who said he has been an Occupy Boston member since its first week of existence. “They let us march the hell all over the place and by god we do it.’’
“Some people think all police are evil and the minions of the 1 percent, but they are the 99 percent, too,’’ he added.
After the demonstration, a protest organizer, Anne Wolfe, 20, a student at Tufts University, described yesterday’s march as a success.
“We’re still here,’’ she said.
A protest against banks is planned in Boston’s financial district this afternoon, according to a flyer that was handed out at the rally.
Other protesters said the Occupy movement is planning to reoccupy Dewey Square on April 1.