Radical Left ‘Mob’ Halts Free Speech Rally in Boston
Saturday, thousands of chanting anti-Free Speech demonstrators converged Downtown Boston dwarfing a small group of conservatives Americans who cut short their planned and permitted “free speech rally”.
The “Mob” marched through the city to historic Boston Common, where many gathered near a bandstand abandoned early by conservatives who had planned to deliver a series of speeches.
Police vans later escorted the conservatives out of the area, and angry “Mob” members scuffled with armed officers, as they worked to maintain order on the Common
Members of the Black Lives Matter movement came to protested on the Common, where a Confederate flag was burned and protesters pounded on the sides of a police vehicle.
Saturday afternoon, Boston’s police department Tweeted that Mob protesters were throwing bottles, urine and rocks at them and asked the protesters publicly to refrain from doing so.
About 10 mins before that, US President Donald Trump had complimented Boston Police, Tweeting: “Looks like many anti-police agitators in Boston. Police are looking tough and smart! Thank you.”
He also complimented Boston’s Mayor Marty Walsh, a Democrat.
Boston Police Commissioner William Evans said 27 arrests were made for disorderly conduct and assaulting police officers.
Officials said there were about 40,000 people in the Mob, while the Free Speech conservatives counted about 50 participants.
President Trump in a Twitter message said that “Our country will soon come together as one!”
Organizers of the conservative “Free Speech Rally,” publicly distanced themselves from the neo-Nazis, white supremacists and others who fomented violence in Charlottesville on 12 August.
Officials feared that white nationalists would show up in Boston anyway, raising the specter of ugly confrontations in the 1st potentially large and racially charged gathering in a major US city since Charlottesville.
Some of the Mob’s members were dressed in Black and wore bandannas over their faces. They chanted anti-Nazi and anti-fascism slogans, and waved signs that said: “Make Nazis Afraid Again,” ”Love your neighbor,” ”Resist fascism” and “Hate never made US great” and burned and stomped on the American flag.
Others carried a large banner that read: “SMASH WHITE SUPREMACY.”
A free speech rally attendee from Dorchester, Mass told reporters that people were unfairly making it seem like the rally was going to be “a white supremacist Klan rally.”
The point of the conservatives coming together in Boston Saturday was to promote free speech on college campuses, free speech on social media for conservative, right-wing speakers. A spokesperson said, “We have no intention of violence.”
There was a lot of tension on Boston Common Saturday, our Republic’s oldest public park.
TV cameras showed a group of boisterous Mob members on the Common chasing a man with a Trump campaign banner and cap, shouting and swearing at him. Black-clad members grabbed an American flag out of an elderly woman’s hands, and she stumbled and fell to the ground.
The Boston Free Speech Coalition, the event’s organizer, said it has nothing to do with white nationalism or racism and its group is not-was not affiliated with the Charlottesville rally organizers in any way.
Have a terrific weekend.