Published October 01, 2011
Boston – Police have arrested two dozen protesters for trespassing during a demonstration against Bank of America's foreclosure practices at the banking giant's offices in downtown Boston.
The Boston Herald reports that the event was an act of civil disobedience that the organizers intended to send the message that the lender's practices were unfair.
"They wanted to be arrested, and we obliged," Boston police Commissioner Edward F. Davis told the newspaper.
Organizers say about 3,000 people joined the protest.
“We had to set a stand to let Bank of America know they cannot foreclose on families and put them out on the street,” Carolyn Grant one of the protesters said as her cohorts in the holding unit cheered in the background.
Bank of America spokesman T.J. Crawford dismissed the demonstration as a publicity stunt.
There was no mention of Bank of America's planned debit card fees, which recently have generated headlines and frustrated customers nationwide.