SWAMPSCOTT, Mass. (WPRI) — Massachusetts State Police have arrested several people who chained themselves to a large boat outside of Gov. Charlie Baker’s home Tuesday morning.
Police said they responded to the Swampscott residence around 7 a.m. and ordered the demonstrators to unchain themselves and disperse.
When the group refused and continued to obstruct traffic, troopers cut the devices connecting the protestors to the boat and took eight people into custody, according to state police.
Seven of the demonstrators arrested were chained to the boat, police said, while the eighth was on top of the vessel.
The demonstrators arrested are identified as Gregory Mangan, 69, of Somerville; Gerad Frank, 67, of Dudley; James Comiskey, 31, of Somerville; Jennifer Smith, 47, of Watertown; Dylan Sessler, 27, of Hampstead N.H.; Allen McGonagill, 32, of Somerville; Nora Maynard, 38, of Turners Falls; and Alexander Chambers, 23, of Boylston.
All of them were booked on charges of disorderly conduct and trespassing and were transported to Lynn District Court for arraignment.
The boat has since been removed from the roadway.