Protesters from the Occupy Boston movement, local unions and area colleges marched through the downtown area on Wednesday to protest the nation's growing student debt, saying higher education is becoming too costly for all but the privileged.
More than 200 protesters gathered at Occupy Boston's Dewey Square encampment, then moved through the city's financial district and up Beacon Hill to the Statehouse.
Police accompanied the group from the front and rear, stopping traffic as protesters moved past the lunchtime crowd, some of whom snapped pictures.
A man held a large American flag near the front of the procession while others held a banner decrying capitalism. Other protesters chanted and carried signs about a variety of causes unrelated to lowering student debt, including support for Occupy Oakland protesters forcibly removed by police but later allowed to return to their encampment.