Banners are being displayed in various sections of the city by the same three or four protesters that have been noticed by some and explained by none.
The message on their banners is very clear that reads “Wrong for Union Square” , “No National Development” and “No Federal Realty”.
It looks very much like that they are trying to send us a helpful message, a message that “it’s bad for Somerville” but after interviewing all four protesters on two separate traffic islands in the middle of Union Square, the message is very clear that it just might be a dirty political move on someone’s part.
This appears to be a protest trying to discourage the people of Somerville from supporting one of the biggest landlords and employers that the city of Somerville has ever seen, Federal Realty and Partners Health Care.
During our interviews with the four protesters on Wednesday, when we asked them the following questions “What is the protest about and who is behind it”, we got the following answers:
1) One protester replied that Federal Realty isn’t using union workers on the job site!” But when we asked him “Why doesn’t neither of your banners reflect that”, he had no answer for us.
2) The Second protester that we asked the same question “What is the protest about and who is behind it he replied he replied “They’re trying to take property by eminent domain”.
But when we asked him “Why doesn’t neither of your banners reflect that”, he had no answer for us.
3) The third protester when asked the same question ” What is the protest about and who is behind it he replied “No Comment!”
4) The forth protester when asked the same question ” What is the protest about and who is behind it he replied ” They want to build up Union Square and we don’t want this!”
We replied with “Are you from Somerville and who is sponsoring the protest?” he replied with “No I’m not but there are Aldermen behind this!”
When we asked him “Who, which alderman”, he had no immediate response for us but did say “That’s all I know but you can call this number right here in my phone and ask for a Mark .”
When we called the cell phone number provided to us, a gentleman answered whispering hello in a low quiet raspy voice and when we asked “Could we talk to you about the Union Square protesters” he Immediately asked that we “call him back in five to six hours between 2:30 and 3:00pm?”
We called him back at 2:30pm and left a message, then we called back again at 3:00pm and left a message, again at 4:00pm and at 5:00pm and left more messages.
We also tried calling back again two different times on Thursday with no luck.
Unfortunately no calls were returned and no messages were answered!
So in our opinion on this and with nobody taking responsibility nor any names one can only presume that it is either a union worker that has gone rogue and helping a potential political candidate who organized this protest and trying to gain some cheap political fame or its a poor attempt to launch a dirty political campaign or both.