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Even without an encampment, Occupy can claim a victory

THE PROTESTERS who left Occupy Boston over the past two days can hold their heads high, having accomplished much in two and a half months. Those who chose to remain, seeking a confrontation with police, risked undermining those very accomplishments. Fortunately, when police moved in this morning, it was an orderly operation -- one that allowed both the city and the Occupiers to move on.

Since it was established on Sept. 30, the tent encampment in Dewey Square served as a daily reminder of the human cost of the recent economic downturn. The demonstrators may have lost in court on Wednesday in their effort to prevent the city from evicting them, but in a larger sense, they were successful. The encampment, along with others across America, put the issue of income inequality front and center in national politics.

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