Boston braced massive protests only a week after the Virginia incident where the clashed between the alt-rights and counter-protesters begot violence and one counter-protester was killed after a white-supremacist terrorist stormed his car over the protesters.
Thousands of counterdemonstrators gathered on Boston streets and participated in a march to protest ‘Free Speech’ rally purportedly arranged by a Facebook group. The officials feared violence after the Virginia experience. But the rally and the counter-demonstration ended well so far.
Boston mayor Mr, Walsh Tweeted, “Today, Boston stood for peace and love, not bigotry and hate. We should work to bring people together, not apart.”
The Boston ‘Free Speech’ rally created mass apprehension after racially motivated Charlottesville protest went violent and sparked a national outcry. But the rally and the march were under control except for a few times Trump supporters and counter-demonstrators came in vis-à-vis.
The Boston Police arrested 33 protesters. The police said that the arrests have been made primarily because of the misbehavior, disorder, and assault on police.
The Boston Free Speech rally group urged the participants to remain peaceful and cautioned them against displaying inflammatory imagery or weapons.
They posted on their Facebook page, “There are rumors that a KKK chapter will plan to attend the free speech rally this Saturday uninvited. We remind everyone that we are committed to a peaceful rally and will not allow anyone to attend if they plan to antagonize anyone or display inflammatory imagery. If we are made aware, at any time, that hate groups are attending our rally we will ask them to exercise their free speech elsewhere. We reserve the right to dismiss anyone we deem antagonistic within our event.”
The counter demonstration, arranged by Black Lives Matter activists said on their Facebook event page, “On Saturday, August 19th, White Nationalists are converging on Boston Common to reinforce their white supremacist ideology and attempt to intimidate queer and BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, POC) communities…. As we have seen with the events in Charlottesville and around the country, white nationalists are emboldened by the current political administration and growing police state. Rallies and marches organized by white supremacists are more prevalent than in recent years, and—as always—it is the most marginalized who are left vulnerable.”
The President and the Boston Mayor React
“It is clear today that Boston stood for peace and love, not bigotry and hate,” said the Boston Mayor Marty Walsh.
“I want to thank all the people that came out to there that message of love, not hate,” Mayor Marty Walsh said. “To fight back on racism, to fight back on anti-Semitism, to fight back on the supremacists that were coming to our city, on the Nazis that were coming to our city… I want to thank everyone that came here and expressed themselves in such a positive, great manner today,” he added.
President Donald Trump tweeted four times to express his twisted thoughts on the Boston issue.
At 12:22 PM, “Looks like many anti-police agitators in Boston. Police are looking tough and smart! Thank you.”
Second tweet at 12:29 PM, “Great job by all law enforcement officers and Boston Mayor”
Mr. President again tweets at 1:41 PM, “Our great country has been divided for decades. Sometimes you need protest in order to heal, & we will heal, & be stronger than ever before!”
Trump’s final tweet, “I want to applaud the many protestors in Boston who are speaking out against bigotry and hate. Our country will soon come together as one!”