Thousands of Leftists Expected to Torpedo Boston Free Speech Rally

Michele Moreno
August 20, 2017

"Things are changing and they're going in the wrong direction", said Jane Chertoff, of Hudson, who plans to counter protest the Boston rally. "I have full faith and trust in the Boston Police Department and the people of Boston".

"They say that interacting with these groups just gives them a platform to spread their message of hate", the mayor told reporters. 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 USA great".

John Medla, r of the Boston Free Speech Coalition, said he thinks as many as 1,000 people could show up on their side.

Kelli Burton of Waldoboro was already at Boston Common when the first marchers arrived shortly before 11 a.m. Burton said there was a large police presence.

"We can't speak to outfits we don't have any verified intel on - they are not a group known for sharing ahead of time", she said, adding, "Our focus is on the safety of everyone".

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh urged anyone not attending the events to stay clear of the area.

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Marena Blanchard, a Portland organizer who co-founded For Us, By Us, a fund to support people of color in ME, was at the Fight Supremacy rally in Roxbury Saturday where people were getting ready to march to Boston Common. Policy-wise, this will likely lead to further decreases in federal efforts to investigate and counter alt-right hate groups, like the ones present at the recent violent Charlottesville protests.

"We are going to respect their right to free speech".

The demonstration came hours before dozens of people assembled at the Common's bandstand for the "Boston Free Speech" rally, which ended early when participants were escorted out by police.

In addition, harsh restrictions were set in place to obtain the permit for Saturday's rally, including a ban against backpacks, sticks, and anything that could be used as a weapon.

Boston isn't the only city preparing for such a rally. It also has drawn the attention of CC Sabathia, who is scheduled to start Saturday night.

The "Boston Free Speech Rally" - organized by a coalition of groups calling themselves "libertarian" and "conservative" - has been on the books since late July and the protests were organized not long after by ANSWER Coalition Boston and the local chapter of Black Lives Matter (BLM).

"We will not tolerate any misbehaviour, violence or vandalism whatsoever", said Evans, Boston's top cop.

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