Marty Walsh on Saturday's rally: 'I think we'll be fine'

Pauline Gross
August 19, 2017

"We absolutely denounce the KKK, neo-Nazis, ID Evropa, Vanguard - all these legit hate groups", John Medlar, on of the rally's organizers said, "We have nothing to do with them and you don't want them here, we don't want them here".

Joshua Alba, of Lawrence, said he will join protesters marching from the Reggie Lewis Center in Roxbury to the Boston Common.

A contingent of about 200 Mainers will travel to Boston on Saturday to counter-protest the groups organizing the Free Speech Rally.

"Ignoring a problem has never solved it", Cannon said in a phone interview.

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.

Despite arguments between the Boston Free Speech rally organizers and the city over the issuance of permits, the proper paperwork was filed and the rally participants were allowed to begin setting up at 10 o'clock, with the march scheduled to begin at noon local time.

"We intend to police this event as discreetly as possible and not to interfere with anyone's rights", said Boston Police Commissioner William Evans.

Boston's rally is the first potentially large and racially charged gathering in a major US city since a vehicle plowed into counter-demonstrators in Charlottesville, killing a woman and injuring many others. "They recommend that people should not confront these rallies".

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"I don't think they're going to cause a disturbance", he said.

Fencing and security cameras were installed on Boston Common's Parkman Bandstand Friday morning as police continue safety preparations ahead of Saturday's planned rally.

The 25 year-old Jewish woman is nervous to attend, but hopes to bring a positive force at the Boston Common. "No matter how repugnant their views are".

In Portland, Oregon, hundreds took to the streets Friday night for an "Eclipse Hate" demonstration, which organizers said was meant to show solidarity with the people of Charlottesville, CNN affiliate KPTV reported.

Dallas police are preparing for a rally against white supremacy and say they'll have extra officers on hand to avoid the kind of violence that wracked Charlottesville, Virginia.

Supporters of keeping the city's Confederate monuments have also posted on social media about a counterprotest, but it was unclear Friday whether that event would occur. Boston's Democratic mayor, Marty Walsh, and Massachusetts' Republican governor, Charlie Baker, both warned that extremist unrest wouldn't be tolerated in this city famed as the cradle of American liberty.

The march and rally come one week after racially motived protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, turned deadly.

There are four headliners listed on the Boston Free Speech Facebook page, including Kyle Chapman, who made waves online after photos of his hitting anti-Trump protesters were shared widely.

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