Thousands Amass in Boston Anti-Right Protest

تم نشره في Sun 20 August / Aug 2017. 12:00 AM
  • Anti-right protests in Boston, US - (AlGhad)

CAPITALS — Thousands of counterdemonstrators marched Saturday in downtown Boston in a largely peaceful response to a self-described free speech rally that had sparked concerns of possible violence.

The march and rally came one week after racially motivated protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, turned deadly. There were no major incidents reported Saturday in Boston, but police said 33 were arrested -- mostly for disorderly conduct and assaults on police officers.

"It's clear today that Boston stood for peace and love, not bigotry and hate," Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said.

Amid a heavy police presence, men, women and children from diverse backgrounds showed up Saturday morning to march from the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center in Roxbury to Boston Common, the nation's oldest park.

A woman is detained Saturday as officers escort police wagons away from Boston Common in US anti-right protests - (CNN)

A Facebook page purportedly linked to the Boston rally sought to distance it from last weekend's white supremacist gathering in Charlottesville. Counter protester Heather Heyer, 32, was killed in that college town when a car ploughed into a crowd of anti-racism advocates gathered to oppose the "Unite the Right" rally.

A coalition of mostly left-leaning groups and activists such as the Black Lives Matter movement organized Boston's counter protest.

Some carried signs with messages such as "No Trump. No KKK. No racist USA" and "Americans against hate." At times, they chanted "Hey hey, ho ho, white supremacy has got to go" and "Black lives matter."

"Boston is a beautiful city, but Boston needs to get it together," counterdemonstrator Lewis Goody said. "It has always been a racist city."

Police maintained a buffer zone between marchers and rally participants -- averting major incidents except for occasional clashes and shouting matches between the counter protesters and supporters of President Donald Trump.

Trump, widely criticized after pointing to "blame on both sides" in Charlottesville, tweeted Saturday that there appeared to be "many anti-police agitators" in Boston but later praised protesters for "speaking out against bigotry and hate."