The mayor of Boston rebuked “cowardly” masked members of the white supremacist Patriot Front after a surprise march Saturday along the city’s famous “Freedom Trail” of sites that played a historic role in America’s independence.
As the Boston Herald reports, at least one clash occurred when members of the crowd appeared to be taunting a black bystander.
According to a Boston NBC-linked Channel 10 report, police first became aware of the incident later in the afternoon when a crowd gathered in the city.
About 100 members of the Patriot Front dressed in beige khaki pants and blue shirts took off shields and flags from a rented truck in Haymarket Square, the Herald and CBS Boston reported. According to the newspaper, some flags were American, with at least one inverted American flag, and others featured a fascist symbol.
The marchers covered their faces and sunglasses, obscuring their identities, and wore beige baseball caps. He reportedly handed over passengers at the city’s public library, proclaiming himself as a member of the Patriot Front.
Mayor Michelle Wu responded on Twitter: “To the white supremacists running in town today: When we march, we don’t hide our faces. Your hate is as cowardly as it is disgusting, and it’s all about them.” Against what Boston stands for.”
She later told CBS that “the hateful, despicable actions and words of white supremacist groups are not welcome in this city. Especially at a time when so many of our rights are under attack, we normalize bullying by radicals.” will not do. “
On the 4th of July holiday weekend when “we remember Boston’s legacy as the Cradle of Freedom, we celebrate the relentless fight to expand those freedoms for all and ensure that Boston is accessible to all.” There will be a city,” she said.
City Council President Ed Flynn tweeted: “I am outraged and disappointed by the white supremacist group protesting in Boston today.”
“its It’s important to call out hate and intimidation when we see itEducate children about the 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 were packed with face shields and armored vests into a U-Haul rental truck that was busted by Coeur d’Alene police in Idaho, where they “rioted” at a downtown Pride event. ” Was doing. Officer. Among them was the group’s neo-Nazi founder, 23-year-old Thomas Ryan Russo of Texas, who formed the group in 2017 after the deadly “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.
The gang attack on the Pride event was planned and inspired by the Republican Party’s growing animosity towards the LGBTQ community.
The Anti-Defamation League calls the Patriot Front one of the most visible and vicious white supremacist groups in the country, known for launching “flash demonstrations” in various communities.