Boston’s mayor lashed the “cowardly” masked members of the white supremacist Patriot Front after a surprise march Saturday along the town’s legendary “Freedom Trail” of web sites that played a historic role in America’s independence.
Not less than one skirmish erupted when members of the mob appeared to pounce on a taunting Black bystander, the Boston Herald reported.
Police first learned of the event after noon because the mob gathered downtown, Boston NBC affiliate Channel 10 reported.
Some 100 members wearing the beige khaki pants and blue shirt uniforms of the Patriot Front unloaded shields and flags from a rented truck in Haymarket Square, the Herald and CBS Boston reported. A few of the flags were American, a minimum of one was an the other way up U.S. flag, and others appeared to feature a fascist symbol, based on the newspaper.
The marchers wore white bandanas covering their faces and sunglasses, obscuring their identities, and beige baseball caps. They reportedly handed out flyers at the town’s Public Library announcing themselves as members of the Patriot Front.
Mayor Michelle Wu responded on Twitter: “To the white supremacists who ran through downtown today: After we march, we don’t hide our faces. Your hate is as cowardly because it is disgusting, and it goes against all that Boston stands for.”
To the white supremacists who ran through downtown today:
After we march, we don’t hide our faces. Your hate is as cowardly because it is disgusting, and it goes against all that Boston stands for.
— Michelle Wu 吳弭 (@wutrain) July 2, 2022
She later told CBS that the “disgusting, hateful actions and words of white supremacist groups are usually not welcome on this city. Especially in a moment when so lots of our rights are under attack, we won’t normalize intimidation by bigots.”
On a July 4th holiday weekend when “we remember Boston’s legacy because the cradle of liberty, we have fun the continued fight to expand those liberties for all and make sure that Boston shall be a city for everybody,” she added.
“I’m outraged and disgusted on the white supremacist group protesting today in Boston,” City Council President Ed Flynn tweeted.
“It’s critical to call out hate and intimidation once we see it, educate children on horrors of the past and stand with the Jewish community, our immigrant neighbors and communities of color.”
Last month, 31 members of the Patriot Front packed right into a U-Haul rental truck with face shields and armored vests were busted by Coeur D’Alene police in Idaho, where they were headed to “riot” at a downtown Pride event, based on officials. Amongst them was the neo-Nazi founding father of the group, 23-year-old Thomas Ryan Rousseau of Texas, who formed the group after the deadly “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, in 2017.
The gang’s assault on the Pride event was meticulously planned and stimulated by the Republican Party’s rising animus toward the LGBTQ community.
The Anti-Defamation League calls the Patriot Front certainly one of the nation’s most visible and harsh white supremacist groups, which is understood for launching “flash demonstrations” in various communities.
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