Published: Tue, August 22, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

40000 attend Boston anti-racism march

40000 attend Boston anti-racism march

Tens of thousands of demonstrators chanting anti-Nazi slogans upstaged the rally a week after a violent clash rocked Charlottesville, Virginia and reverberated across the country after one woman was killed and 19 others were injured. The largest protest by far was in Boston, where an estimated 30,000-40,000 counter-protesters showed up, according to the Boston Globe.

Boston Commissioner William Evans told the Associated Press that 27 arrests were made on Saturday - mostly for disorderly conduct, but including some for assaulting police officers. He tweeted that the police are looking "tough and smart" in the face of "many anti-police agitators in Boston", and applauded "the many protestors in Boston who are speaking out against bigotry and hate".

While Saturday's events may have been tamer than some had expected, President Trump didn't miss the opportunity to release statements via Twitter, making an about-face from the start of the protest to the end. "I feel that with Donald Trump and what he stands for, the message of hate that he stand for needs to be diluted with love, and that's why I came here today".

The coalition also said that it was not related to the organizers of the Charlottesville rally.

Her remarks followed rallies at Boston Common park and Google's corporate campus in NY which saw thousands of activists shouting anti-Nazi chants and carrying signs that read "racism is not patriotism" and "white nationalism is terrorism". "We are out here to add an extra body to add to the numbers of those who resist".

Boston's Democratic mayor, Marty Walsh, and Massachusetts' Republican governor, Charlie Baker, both warned that extremist unrest would not be tolerated in the city famed as the cradle of American liberty.

Streets around Boston Common were lightly trafficked early on Saturday, while some 500 police officers placed barricades to prevent vehicles from entering the park, the nation's oldest. "To fight back on the white supremacists that were coming to our city-the Nazis coming to our city", he said. "This is our solidarity with the people in Charlottesville, Virginia, as well as a notice to our local leaders that we want all statues dedicated to white supremacists taken down". Thirty-three arrests and some injuries were reported, but the "free speech" rally was deemed over before it was originally scheduled to end, with a massive show of anti-racist counterprotesters continuing to fan out in the area, ABC reported. The march was otherwise described as largely peaceful.

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