Only one week after a white supremacist at a rally in Virginia killed Heather Heyer and injured more than a dozen others, thousands of counter-protesters in Boston turned out to oppose participants of a self-described white supremacist “free speech” rally!
Crowds marched to gather at the historic Boston Common park and Malcolm X Boulevard chanting “make racists afraid again”, “who defends the Nazis? Trump defends the Nazis!”, "Whose streets? Our streets!" and "No Trump, No KKK, No Fascist USA!” They also held signs that read: "Resist," "Black Lives Matter," and "Get the hell off my lawn, you bigots.". Nice!
The rally remained peaceful, and the number of counterprotesters dwarfed the dozens or so of those who came in support of the event, organized by members of the so-called “alt-right.”
Boston Mayor Marty Walsh had asked organizers to postpone the rally and stated that hate groups aren’t wanted in Boston...
“I didn’t want them to get a permit, quite honestly, but we also believe in free speech in our country,”
By noon, Boston police said at least It is estimated 40,000 people total were out for the demonstrations were peacefully marching toward the park where the rally area was blocked off by a ring of metal barriers. Thousands more descended on the area over the next hour.
As expected there were minor skirmishes between the competing groups and several arrests made. At the first sign of that any protestors had been detained the white supremacist-in-chief took to Twitter to blame the counter-protesters...
Keep appeasing that base Donald.
Trump later called for unity and for the nation to "heel." Here is a scree shot someone captured of the now "fixed" tweet...
I don't know whether the misspelling was a coded message or just out of sheer stupidity
As for the white supremacist, nazi, kkk and alt-right "celebrities" that were scheduled to speak at the ironically titled "Free Speech Rally" decided they would take a powder instead.
Fitchburg State University senior film major and event co-organizer, John Medlar, decided it just wasn't in the cards for him today and RSVP'ed with a "no".
Someone named Augustus Invictus ― a known Holocaust denier and an organizer of Charlottesville’s white supremacist rally ― was invited to attend the Boston rally, but later pulled out.
Gavin McInnes, a member of “Proud Boys” an alt-right white separatist group known for "brawling" with antifascist protesters, ultimately canceled his appearance.
And Tim “Baked Alaska” Gionet, an admitted troll and prominent white supremacist, was also scheduled but flaked.
Kyle Chapman, known by the nickname Based Stickman or the Alt Knight, known in right-wing circles for arming himself with a stick and confronting anti-fascist demonstrators was a no-show.
Joe Biggs, a former contributor to Alex Jones' InfoWars, is chief operations officer at the online outlet Rogue Right Media was nowhere to be found.
The racist rally-goers, defeated, dispersed as the rally ended hours earlier than planned.
Meanwhile the counter-protesters suck around and celebrated.
Here are pictures from the failed white power rally and the overwhelmingly successful counter-protest...