Boston anti-racists shut down another far-right rally

In August, only a week after the deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, tens of thousands of counterprotesters in Boston took to the street to protest a right-wing rally in their own town.

It wasn’t enough.

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Supporters of President Donald Trump gather for a "People 4 Trump" rally at Neshaminy State Park in Bensalem, Pennsylvania, U.S. March 4, 2017. REUTERS/Mark Makela
Supporters of President Donald Trump gather for a "People 4 Trump" rally at Neshaminy State Park in Bensalem, Pennsylvania, U.S. March 4, 2017. REUTERS/Mark Makela
Supporters of President Donald Trump gather for a "People 4 Trump" rally at Neshaminy State Park in Bensalem, Pennsylvania, U.S. March 4, 2017. REUTERS/Mark Makela
Donald Trump supporter Beth Holz salutes during a "People 4 Trump" rally at Neshaminy State Park in Bensalem, Pennsylvania, U.S. March 4, 2017. REUTERS/Mark Makela
Supporters of President Donald Trump gather for a "People 4 Trump" rally at Neshaminy State Park in Bensalem, Pennsylvania, U.S. March 4, 2017. REUTERS/Mark Makela
A supporter of President Donald Trump displays an autographed baseball hat during a "People 4 Trump" rally at Neshaminy State Park in Bensalem, Pennsylvania, U.S. March 4, 2017. REUTERS/Mark Makela
Supporters of President Donald Trump gather for a "People 4 Trump" rally at Neshaminy State Park in Bensalem, Pennsylvania, U.S. March 4, 2017. REUTERS/Mark Makela
Gia Morris (R), 8, carries a doll while cheering during a "People 4 Trump" rally at Neshaminy State Park in Bensalem, Pennsylvania, U.S. March 4, 2017. REUTERS/Mark Makela
A supporter of President Donald Trump prays during a "People 4 Trump" rally at Neshaminy State Park in Bensalem, Pennsylvania, U.S. March 4, 2017. REUTERS/Mark Makela
Erin Elmore, spokesperson for President Donald Trump, speaks during a "People 4 Trump" rally at Neshaminy State Park in Bensalem, Pennsylvania, U.S. March 4, 2017. REUTERS/Mark Makela
Erin Elmore, spokesperson for President Donald Trump, speaks during a "People 4 Trump" rally at Neshaminy State Park in Bensalem, Pennsylvania, U.S. March 4, 2017. REUTERS/Mark Makela
Eric Falco, 32, embraces Alyssa Klingman, 23, while holding a "Make America Great Again" sign during a "People 4 Trump" rally at Neshaminy State Park in Bensalem, Pennsylvania, U.S. March 4, 2017. REUTERS/Mark Makela
Alex Carlin holds a mask depicting President Donald Trump during a "People 4 Trump" rally at Neshaminy State Park in Bensalem, Pennsylvania, U.S. March 4, 2017. REUTERS/Mark Makela
Supporters of President Donald Trump gather for a "People 4 Trump" rally at Neshaminy State Park in Bensalem, Pennsylvania, U.S. March 4, 2017. REUTERS/Mark Makela
Gia Morris, 8, carries a doll beside a flag depicting President Donald Trump while posing for a portrait during a "People 4 Trump" rally at Neshaminy State Park in Bensalem, Pennsylvania, U.S. March 4, 2017. REUTERS/Mark Makela
Supporters of President Donald Trump gather for a "People 4 Trump" rally at Neshaminy State Park in Bensalem, Pennsylvania, U.S. March 4, 2017. REUTERS/Mark Makela
Supporters of President Donald Trump gather for a "People 4 Trump" rally at Neshaminy State Park in Bensalem, Pennsylvania, U.S. March 4, 2017. REUTERS/Mark Makela
Supporters of President Donald Trump gather for a "People 4 Trump" rally at Neshaminy State Park in Bensalem, Pennsylvania, U.S. March 4, 2017. REUTERS/Mark Makela
Supporters of President Donald Trump arrive for a "People 4 Trump" rally at Neshaminy State Park in Bensalem, Pennsylvania, U.S. March 4, 2017. REUTERS/Mark Makela
Supporters of President Donald Trump cheer during a "People 4 Trump" rally at Neshaminy State Park in Bensalem, Pennsylvania, U.S. March 4, 2017. REUTERS/Mark Makela
Alex Carlin (C) holds a mask depicting President Donald Trump as supporters gather for a "People 4 Trump" rally at Neshaminy State Park in Bensalem, Pennsylvania, U.S. March 4, 2017. REUTERS/Mark Makela
Supporters of President Donald Trump gather for a "People 4 Trump" rally at Neshaminy State Park in Bensalem, Pennsylvania, U.S. March 4, 2017. REUTERS/Mark Makela
Alex Carlin waves while wearing a mask depicting President Donald Trump during a "People 4 Trump" rally at Neshaminy State Park in Bensalem, Pennsylvania, U.S. March 4, 2017. REUTERS/Mark Makela
A woman wears a Trump campaign pin on her hat as supporters of President Donald Trump gather for a "People 4 Trump" rally at Neshaminy State Park in Bensalem, Pennsylvania, U.S. March 4, 2017. REUTERS/Mark Makela
A woman wears a "Trump" pin on her hat as supporters of President Donald Trump gather for a "People 4 Trump" rally at Neshaminy State Park in Bensalem, Pennsylvania, U.S. March 4, 2017. REUTERS/Mark Makela
(L-R) Sisters Ava, 8, and Kaylee DiGiannantonio, 9, shiver during a "People 4 Trump" rally at Neshaminy State Park in Bensalem, Pennsylvania, U.S. March 4, 2017. REUTERS/Mark Makela
Light illuminates a mask depicting President Donald Trump during a "People 4 Trump" rally at Neshaminy State Park in Bensalem, Pennsylvania, U.S. March 4, 2017. REUTERS/Mark Makela
Betsy Grosskopf wears an autographed hat by President Donald Trump during a "People 4 Trump" rally at Neshaminy State Park in Bensalem, Pennsylvania, U.S. March 4, 2017. REUTERS/Mark Makela
Ellen Caruso prays during a "People 4 Trump" rally at Neshaminy State Park in Bensalem, Pennsylvania, U.S. March 4, 2017. REUTERS/Mark Makela
Supporters of President Donald Trump gather for a "People 4 Trump" rally at Neshaminy State Park in Bensalem, Pennsylvania, U.S. March 4, 2017. REUTERS/Mark Makela
Supporters of President Donald Trump gather for a "People 4 Trump" rally at Neshaminy State Park in Bensalem, Pennsylvania, U.S. March 4, 2017. REUTERS/Mark Makela
Supporters of President Donald Trump cheer during a "People 4 Trump" rally at Neshaminy State Park in Bensalem, Pennsylvania, U.S. March 4, 2017. REUTERS/Mark Makela
Supporters line U.S. President Donald Trump's motorcade route near the Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Florida, U.S. March 4, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
Supporters line U.S. President Donald Trump's motorcade route near the Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Florida, U.S. March 4, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
Supporters line U.S. President Donald Trump's motorcade route near the Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Florida, U.S. March 4, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
Supporters line U.S. President Donald Trump's motorcade route near the Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Florida, U.S. March 4, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
Supporters line U.S. President Donald Trump's motorcade route near the Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Florida, U.S. March 4, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
Supporters of President Donald Trump gather for a "People 4 Trump" rally at Neshaminy State Park in Bensalem, Pennsylvania, U.S. March 4, 2017. REUTERS/Mark Makela
U.S. President Donald Trump's motorcade stops momentarily alongside a group of supporters as he returns to the Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Florida, U.S. March 4, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
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On Saturday, a few dozen right-wing protesters held another rally for “free speech” in Boston, met again by hundreds more counter-demonstrators. Though they hadn’t secured a permit, dozens of police and multiple helicopters were deployed to protect the far right as they lectured the protesters for over an hour about being tolerant of fringe ideas.

This isn’t the second, but the third of such rallies in Boston. The first, organized by local teenagers, drew a few hundred right-wingers — a motley assortment of militiamen, white nationalists, reactionaries, libertarians, trolls and brawlers.

The makeup of Saturday’s rally was distinctly different, including a combination of campus conservatives and libertarians.

The rally was called “Resist Marxism,” in the recent spirit of far right groups taking up the looming specter of communist revolution as their recent boogeyman. Still, the paranoia of an impending threat to white people was as present as it was at the first Boston “free speech” rally.

“This white guilt nonsense has to end,” said one speaker, who alleged fantastically that roving groups of black men were roaming the streets of America cities hitting white women based on the color of their skin. “Why should I feel guilty about something I never did? My grandfather never enslaved anybody.”

Out in the cold, anti-fascists with the newly formed Bay State Red Sentinels stood alongside black liberation activists, socialists and Veterans For Peace, chanting the now typical, “No Trump, no KKK, no fascist U.S.A.!” The far right warned they’d be back nonetheless.

“I hope you’ll join us in the spring, when it’s a little warmer,” one speaker said.

 

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