For the second time this week, police arrested protesters against a housing complex for which woods where Arlington, Cambridge and Belmont meet is currently being cleared.
According to the Friends of Alewife Reservation, four people were arrested at Silver Maple Forest, where five were arrested Tuesday morning in a similar protest against a 298-unit development planned by a Pennsylvania company.
Cambridge School Committee member Patty Nolan attended today's protest but was not arrested:
In the hour we were there before going onto the land and provoking the arrests, the chainsaws were going, and we saw at least a dozen large trees crash down from being cut. I support property rights. But I am stunned that this flood plain can be cleared despite being part of a watershed without knowing what current (not decades old) science says about likely impact on the entire area. When the area has been flooded twice with "100 year floods" in the last decade alone, you know there is a problem.
The courage of those arrested - from a very young 23 year old to a senior citizen well over retirement age - was inspiring. Civil disobedience is one way to demonstrate concern about current policy and laws. There has not been a proper environmental review.