Racists mill about the Parkman Bandstand for awhile, say nothing, are driven off Common in back of prisoner transport wagons

Never Again

A couple dozen racists and Nazis, one dressed as a Minuteman, spent an hour or so standing on and near the Parkman Bandstand this afternoon under the baleful eyes of thousands of jeering protesters before slowly walking away and towards the Boylston Street side of Boston Common, to await a ride out in four Boston Police prisoner vans.

They fled before a phalanx of marchers who'd walked up from Roxbury could give them a piece of their minds.

Police kept the racists well separated from the crowds on the Common - they set up perimeters 200 to 300 feet around the bandstand.

Things were a bit closer in on Boylston Street near Tremont, where cops in heavy black armor cleared a path for the transport wagons to leave towards Tremont.

DPW trucks blocked every entrance into the Common - some supplemented by Jersey barriers.

A few Nazi sympathizers roamed the crowds of protesters. After one was uncovered people began booing him as he tried to flee. Somebody broke out a beach ball so people further away weren't sure at first if the crowd was reacting to an uncovered racist or the beach ball.

Compare the crowds: Racists at the bandstand vs. protesters on the surrounding hills:

Racists at bandstand

Photo by Phil R.:

Remember Martin
Fuck Nazis

Fire and furry:

Furry
Fuck Nazis
Our city

#notallbaldguys:

Not a Nazi
Small penises

One of the Trumpkins who braved the crowd (photo by Ben Walsh)

Trump guy

No actual pugs were harmed in the making of this protest:

Pug sign

Both Vermin Supreme and Keytar Bear provided succor to the anti-fascists:

Vermin Supreme

Due to Nazis, both the Frog Pond and the neighboring playground were shut, save for the occasional kid of protesting parents:

Empty Frog Pond
Empty playground

Shortly before 1:30, cops in armor marched onto the Common from Boylston Street and then back out onto Boylston to clear the way for the vans carrying the racists:

Armored cops

Things were briefly tense there as a self-described Libertarian wrapped in a "Don't Tread on Me" flag began arguing with a protester about the meaning of democracy, but his butt was saved when the Veterans for Peace marched in, chanting, "No violence! No violence!"

Libertarian

Among those awaiting the exit of the racists onto Boylston Street was Police Commissioner William Evans (photo by Sandy G.):

Evans

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Some photos I took here: http://imgur.com/a/ZNBBy

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Colors at the State House
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Massachusetts 54th: Black Civil War Regiment Memorial, directly across from our state house
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Nazi/White Nationalist Scum
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Even The Furries
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Need a shirt with this
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Heated Debate
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So does the Commonwealth
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20,000 #BostonStrong
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Replace Vermin like Trump with Vermin Supreme
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Remember
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Shows Over, we won
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Martins Legacy
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Keytar Bear's game
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Great rally against hate and ignorance. Not much to shoot but a bunch of Bostonians and visitors from all walks of life coming together to preach against hate and bigotry.

Proud of this city. #BostonStrong

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Genuine question...

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Genuine question...
Didn't the thousands of protesters need a permit also?

I wasn't there but just wondering how all this works since I read the Free Speechers had one for 100 people even though i guess nobody really showed up.

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Band Stand

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They wanted the bandstand, And I heard their permit was so for sound equipment that they ended up not bringing / using.

What ended up happening is these 20 dodos were part of one group that got a permit and the others never bothered / no showed once they realized how massive the opposition would be post Charlottesville.

So small props for these folks for at least putting themselves.

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Maybe they decided to stay

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Maybe they decided to stay home and volunteer or do something productive to build up their own city, rather than being a nuissance in ours.

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Amplified Sound

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The permit was required for amplified sound. They were responsible for providing their own electricity.

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How are you to say they are

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How are you to say they are racist if they say nothing? The only nazi symbol I saw was a sign made by a counter protestor. The only violence I saw was counter protestors too.. can you explain this ?

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Looks

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Looks like he's scrubbing his history to hide his racist nonsense as the MSM reached out for interviews.

Did anyone save it? Anyone got any more on this not very successful Nazi?

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I'll just copy-paste from yesterday

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What if the confederate apologists waving swastikas and beating black people are just here to play Ultimate Frisbee on the Common? Why should we believe them when they openly pronounce their own white supremacist views? I think we should give them the benefit of the doubt, despite them never having done a damned thing to deserve it. All this talk of "racism" is probably just an elaborate disinformation campaign by those mean leftists.

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Concern troll much?

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Concern troll is concerned. Ignore.

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Great coverage

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Well done, Adam and the Uhub photo corps

Warms my heart to see these scumbags get the proper reception on the Common. Makes me proud to be a Bostonian.

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Question:

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Why are these radical far leftist groups so disproportionately LGBTQ? Same BLM. Nothing wrong with being LGBTQ, but how can any observant person not notice ? And I get the impression when they list the alleged oppressed groups, that what they're really obsessed with is the LGBTQ angle, tagging on black, brown for street cred.

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Yeah, and why so many Jews, huh?

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Think for a moment about which groups have borne a disproportionate share of the hate on this planet over the past few years, decades, millennia. See if you can come up with an answer to your question then.

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Why is it always the straight white people

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"Think for a moment about which groups have borne a disproportionate share of the hate on this planet over the past few years, decades, millennia. See if you can come up with an answer to your question then."

As an LGBT man, I notice it is always the straight white people who have all the answers as to what LGBT people are thinking, and what their motives are. Well, I'm glad they have the answers, because I certainly don't.

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Fine, I don't know what you personally think ...

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I'm glad you're perfectly fitting into society and having a grand old time.

Speaking strictly as a Jew, I could tell you why Jews have long been involved in great numbers in civil-rights protests and the like, but you couldn't possibly understand what we've been through, so I won't bother.

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The victim card

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There are indeed some LGBT people like myself who, if not "perfectly fitting into society" as you facetiously put it, are at least not constantly playing the victim card which is such a popular thing to do these days. But my attitude does not fit into the mainstream gay agenda, so you don't hear about us as much.

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And then there are those of us...

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There are indeed some LGBT people like myself who, if not "perfectly fitting into society" as you facetiously put it, are at least not constantly playing the victim card which is such a popular thing to do these days.

And then there are those of us who have a functional brain and understand that people like you will call it "playing the victim card" anytime someone points out oppression that is, y'know, still a thing, even if you got registered at Bed Bath & Beyond.

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Victims are the new celebrities

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I am a gay male in my 50s, somewhat on the effeminate side, who has faced oppression and bigotry my whole life. I have never failed to stand up against such oppression where I see it. Yet I have also done my level best to rise above such oppression and not consider myself a victim. Many of my LGBT brethren of my era did the same.This attitude has served us well. Then something strange happened and society has become a victim culture. Victims are the new celebrities. I see many of LGBT people reluctant to let go, or rise above, what Camille Paglia has referred to as "their precious victim status".

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As an LGBTQ person myself, I second Adam's take

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You don't have to be a dinosaur to be a paleontologist. Adam can make a brief observation & take about LGBTQ people without "speaking for all of us" or stealing our voice, for gods sake.

Per your question? I was marching with a few other bi & lesbian women, and a bunch of our straight friends, most of whom were also wearing rainbow bling. So, I don't know that all the marchers you assumed are LGBTQ actually were.

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You're experiencing observer-expectancy effect

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I was in the middle of the march and moved around (just to find shade ;-) and saw trans lgbt black hispanic older straight folks, younger straight folks, (a few wtf folks) missed the furry, but other that the incredible volume of people it would have been any group in Boston, looked just like the folks jammed in on the Esplanade on the 4th (well 3rd, I've only gone the day before).

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Nonsense

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You have no idea if "radical far leftist groups" as you call them, are "disproportionally LGBTQ". You see some rainbow flags and you panic .LGBTQ's are probably according to various studies, about 5-15% of Americans, and from what I saw, the number of people carrying rainbow flags or LGBTQ signs was probably less than 5-10% of the people I saw at the rally and march . Of course that doesnt count people who were not publically displaying their sexuality.
And what if you are correct? If LGBTQs were out in force yesterday, then I guess it just means they are on the right side of history.
I am a gay man who marched with my straight black friend. Neither of us had signs or flags. How did you count us in your alleged analysis?

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Days like this remind me of

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Days like this remind me of all those horrible diseases we've eradicated through vaccination have fallen out of living memory. I haven't seen anyone with smallpox scars since the 80s. It's history textbook stuff. Now there's so few people with first hand experience, (oh so stupid) people feel skeptical about vaccines.

This rally wouldn't have happened 70 years ago. All the veterans of that war didn't just punch nazis. They fought the real thing with bombs and bullets and won. These chickenshits wouldn't dare throw a nazi salute in public with all those returned soldiers around with fresh memories of the battlefield.

Now those memories have faded into history, which doesn't seem to be taught anymore. Do these assholes even know that the nazis lost? The nazis are losers. The confederates are losers. Did they skip the last chapter in the textbook?

Do we need a new plague to remind people that vaccines are really cool? Do we need another holocaust to remind people that when you see a nazi, you declare war on them?

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Experience shooting?

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Um. Wow. That's way ignorant. I'd bet westerners could take them at the range any day.

Except it is totally irrelevant. They all got basic training.

People came from all over the US and there weren't as many Southerners as there would have been had CERTAIN Southerners not thrown massive and infantile hissy fits about OMG WE MIGHT HAVE TO SERVE WITH BLACK PEOPLE!!!

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Uhub...

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...needs a Love upvote. Thanks erik, ya nailed it again.

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"All officers enroute to the Common bring their gas masks"

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At 5:23 pm, the "peaceful protest that is long over" just resulted in a call for more cruisers to the Common from each district across the city, nine wagons from all over the city and a commander ordering all officers to wear their helmets and gas masks. The Area E (JP, HP, West Roxbury, Roslindale) wagon is now transporting four additional prisoners to C-11 in Dorchester because there is nowhere left to put them.

Commissioner Evans, although admitting officers were pelted with bottles of urine and rocks has a novel explanation, there were now three distinct groups, Free Speech, those opposed and "troublemakers" even though the "troublemakers" were part of those opposed to the free speech group. When asked for a comment on President Trump's praise today for BPD, Evans said, "I don't want to get political" as his political appointing authority, Mayor Walsh (D-Dorchester) looked on approvingly beside him.

UPDATE: An ambulance now at 5:36 pm for a person viciously sprayed with a chemical on Avenue de Lafayette.

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He's pretty accurate

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There were definitely a few tiny (young) groups there looking for trouble. A few were masked from the beginning of the march. Vast number of regular folks calm, polite and patient.

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Numbers

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3/20 Nazis were arrested, or 15%

30/40,000 anti-facists or 0.075%

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Strange thing is ...

Antifa doesn't identify as leftist or of the left - they are anarchists. They have a lot more in common with the "I don't have to license my car" people.

Expecting "the left" to control them is kind of like me expecting to train my cat to herd sheep: theoretically possible, maybe, but not bloody likely.

Now if our government were taken over by anarchist radicals who were swept in on a DNC platform, it wouldn't be unreasonable to expect.

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Search Boston antifa on

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Search Boston antifa on youtube for some good laughs...

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Confusing

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Why would you wear a 'Trump is my President' to a protest in Canada?

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Who kept the media from the bandstand?

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A TV reporter I saw said they were not allowed near the bandstand, but not why.

Whose decision was it that the media not capture the Free Speech going on?

Police? Free Speech organizers and speakers? (who also didn't seem to have a PA System)

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What is this "free speech" you talk of

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In any case, you might want to ask Medlar why he couldn't figure out how to buy a stupid PA system.

I will suspect the police barred the media from the racists. Don't know because I didn't try to run the gauntlet myself.

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Sources

I've seen reports that BPD barred the media from the bandstand space from Dan Kennedy, Chris Faraone and WBZ reporter. I'd sy that it's a pretty big deal that no media coverage of speakers was allowed.

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And in the Globe...

Quote from Chief Evans stating police wanted the speakers to not be heard, outrage from Harvey Silverglate and others, mention that the ACLU had sued Charlottesville on behalf of marchers but yesterday in Boston local ACLU members participated in the counterprotest.

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Some fun facts for the outraged

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  1. "The ACLU" that sued Charlottesville was the Virginia ACLU. I believe they regret the decision, and the national organization has said that they will not in future sue for the "free speech" rights of violent protesters.
  2. "The ACLU" does not control its members' activism via chip implant, and cannot dictate that Massachusetts ACLU members act in accordance with a lawsuit brought by Virginia ACLU.
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This morning, WBUR reported

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This morning, WBUR reported that Kedlar was only able to crowdsource $9.00 for a PA. Sooooo....

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What was said on the bandstand

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Shiva Ayyadurai used a bull horn. Police set up a huge buffer zone so nobody could hear in the crowd and also kept out members of the media from the bandstand area.

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Bandannas

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I don't get the point of people marching with bandannas on their faces. Do they really think the 20 sad losers who showed up on the bandstand are gonna come after them? Do they have to hide from their jobs, spouses, families for standing up for human rights? I guess it makes the white suburbanite marchers feel like real social justice outlaws or something. Political theater at it's worst.

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From a friend who was at the

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From a friend who was at the protests: There were unidentified people, not counterprotestors or press, walking around and taking clear and up close photos of people's faces. Just faces - not snapshots of the day but seeking to get identifiable photos of anyone there against the nazis. Considering the kind of doxxing and harrassment we've seen from the alt-right, she felt safer putting on her bandana.

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MAGA man arrested on gun charges

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The Dig reports on an incident on Boylston Street involving a guy wearing a bulletproof vest, a MAGA hat and a gun who got into an argument with a counter protester.

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Great pics!

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Adam, I hope you don't mind but I used your photo of Gadsden flag guy in my twitter feed. I didn't tag you directly because if I get swarmed by nazis again, I don't want you to get caught in the sh**storm.

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Creepy

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That wolf guy is creepy. What point is he trying to make?

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Didn't you know?

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The Cosplay Picnic had a permit for the Common long before the Loser Fascist Cosplay Event was announced.

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