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:
Photo by Phil R.:
Fire and furry:
One of the Trumpkins who braved the crowd (photo by Ben Walsh)
No actual pugs were harmed in the making of this protest:
Both Vermin Supreme and Keytar Bear provided succor to the anti-fascists:
Due to Nazis, both the Frog Pond and the neighboring playground were shut, save for the occasional kid of protesting parents:
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:
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!"
Among those awaiting the exit of the racists onto Boylston Street was Police Commissioner William Evans (photo by Sandy G.):