TROOPERS ARREST SEVERAL PROTESTORS WHO BLOCKED ROAD IN FRONT OF GOVERNOR’S HOUSE

At approximately 7 a.m., several protestors blocked a public roadway in Swampscott by chaining themselves to a large boat that they trailered to the front of the Governor’s residence. State Police responded and issued orders for the protestors to unchain themselves and disperse. When they refused and continued obstructing traffic, Troopers specially-trained in civil disturbance response cut the devices holding the protestors to the boat and took them into custody. Seven protestors who were chained to the boat have been arrested, as was an eighth who was atop the boat. The demonstrators who were arrested are identified as GREGORY MANGAN, 69, of Somerville; GERARD 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. The protestors were taken to a State Police barracks for booking; the boat was removed from the roadway. The demonstrators were booked on charges of disorderly conduct and trespassing. They were transported to Lynn District Court to be arraigned this afternoon.