There are more alt-right white supremacy rallies planned for this weekend around the nation, but the one that the media is focusing on is Saturday’s so-called “Boston Free Speech” rally on Boston Common.
For those of you old enough to remember, the Boston Busing Riots over school desegregation in the 1970s demonstrated that violent white racism was not limited to the South, but was shared by white northerners in the supposedly “liberal” state of Massachusetts, a center of the abolitionist movement.
The Boston Globe reports Boston Common will be ground zero for rallies today:
The city plans to dispatch more than 500 police officers to patrol Saturday’s “Boston Free Speech” rally on Boston Common Saturday, and city officials vowed to shut it down if it turns violent, as they prepared for what is one of the first big demonstrations since the violence in Charlottesville, Va., last week.
Authorities fear white supremacists will attend, and two of the rally’s keynote speakers have ties to extremist elements — including one who attended the Charlottesville rally.
Rally organizers have maintained the event is open to all political views and not a forum for hate groups, and the permit issued by the city is for only 100 people. But tens of thousands of counterprotesters are expected to show up to denounce racism and anti-Semitism.
Boston officials said Friday that they will shut down the Saturday event if there are signs of violence.
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