PHOTOS: Tufts Students Join Occupy Boston Protest

About 70 students from Tufts University marched into Boston Monday to join protests associated with Occupy Wall Street.

About 70 students from marched into Boston Monday to join Occupy Boston protests.

Students from about 10 Boston-area colleges, including Tufts, planned to meet on Boston Common for a student solidarity protest before joining larger Occupy Boston protests in Dewey Square, near South Station.

Occupy Boston is Boston's arm of the Occupy Wall Street protests, which started in Manhattan.

Ben Chamberlian, a 20-year-old junior at Tufts, said, "I've never been to an open protest, I suppose … never anything this large."

He said of his reasons for marching, "I think it's somewhat ridiculous, just the state of the country and the economy."

"My hope is the government will see the fact people are unhappy and work on controlling Wall Street," he said.

Liam Walsh-Mellett, a 19-year-old sophomore, said of the protests, "A lot of it is just [being] fed up with the way the economy is going [and] the way the country is going."

Walsh-Mellett is particularly concerned with students "getting saddled with a lot of student debt" and the "privatization of education," he said

Perri Meldon, a 20-year-old junior, said the country is facing a number of problems and protesters have a wide array of grievances. "We're standing up for many different issues," she said.

The Tufts students gathered at about 12:30 p.m. and then marched through campus to the Davis Square MBTA station, where they planned to take the Red Line subway train into the center of Boston.

As they marched by, Hannah Simon, a middle-aged woman who attends continuing learning programs at Tufts, asked the students if they were joining the protests in Boston. When they answered, she said, "Good for you."

Charlotte October 10, 2011 at 06:24 PM
isn't it interesting--the parents of some of these kids ARE the 1%, and they are also the future 1%. how about they first get rid of their overpriced, bloated "education", and try to angst it out at bunker hill, among the TRUE 99%? #elitistproblems
Michael October 10, 2011 at 09:20 PM
Ignoring the frustrating quotes in this article, these students have a reason to march. Regardless of their situation, they see an injustice and imbalance in the country's affairs right now, so they are expressing their collective frustration. @Charlotte, you are taking issue with the wrong people, and are damaging any hope of progress here. These are the members of the 1% who want to help the 99%, they are the final portion of the protest that shows it isn't a bunch of individuals frustrated with *their own prospects*, but instead that they are pissed off at the prospects of the country as a group. I commend the comfortable when they too make a stand.
anne October 11, 2011 at 01:25 PM
First, to say "99%" of college students go to "Bunker Hill Community College" or the like, is ridiculous. Many, many students, who are not "Wealthy" or from wealthy families, attend private colleges and universities in Massachusetts, and I'm sure, other states as well. I am one of them. My family is not rich, we fell in the lower middle class, but I went to 4 years of Boston College, in the late 70's/early 80's and my sister also attended a smaller, private college in Mass. My family found a way! (And no, neither my sister nor I, were saddled with a lot of college loans.) Second, they have a right to protest, if it's done peacefully, and it's nice to see them take a stand, especially, if, as you say, you feel that they are the "1%." It shows that they care, and care for others, not just themselves! Some people go to private schools, some to state schools, some to community and/or junior colleges, it's nice that they are all available. Regardless of what type of school you go to, they're just saying they are not happy with the way things are. If they get violent or disobedient, that's not only wrong, but dangerous, and should not be done. If they're protesting quietly, don't discriminate against them, even if you do perceive them as the "Priveleged 1%!" It just shows that they care for others!
Miss Mary Mack October 13, 2011 at 04:01 PM
I recall my undergraduate years at a similar university not far from Medford. While it was more than a few years ago, and most students were sincerely wealthy, and the economy was great when I graduated, it was still super fun to exercise my ability to protest on any topic of my intellectual interest. Because it made me feel better. I protested because it was easier to hold a sign than it was to, you know, actually do something radical. I was able to do this because I was privildeged. I was the 1%, not in class, but in the eductional elite. I was a young woman with options. I had an option of abandoning my $120,000+ of college debt and do something important to save the world, change something big. But I didn't. I held a sign protesting the injustices it seemed that only I saw, then retreated to the tyipcal college scene, which many of us know all to well. And the world is still a mess. So I say let these kids march on, demonstrating the ability of the world's youth to be, well, youthful, and myopic, and contrarian... because they can. I'm not super sure that a bunch of dirty hippies ever did anything to change the world but raise the divorce rate, but rock on, my friends, rock on.


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