How a the organizers of the Boston counter-demonstrations started planning even before the racist violence in Charlottesville, VA.
As free speech activists, white supremacists, Donald Trump supporters, Antifa, Black Lives Matter protesters, and others converged on Boston on Saturday, one exchange led to a man with a gun sprinting away from the Boston Police Department.
The man was wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat, and according to witnesses attempted to pull out a gun on the black man he was arguing with.
In the moments prior to his arrest, he and a small group of men gathered on Boylston Street, just outside of Boston Common. Some of their clothing identified them as supporters of Donald Trump, with a few wearing MAGA hats. As the conversation escalated, counter-protesters asked attendees of the “Free Speech” rally why they viewed themselves (white people) as superior. In response, one man replied that “race doesn’t matter, as long as you’re American.” At which point one of the counter-protesters thought that he saw one of the men in the MAGA hats reach for a gun, and then alerted police.
That’s when the man in the MAGA hat took off, attempting to run from the cops, who chased after him. He was apprehended just a short distance away, police confiscating his firearm and taking him into custody. The Boston Police Department also arrested two men with artillery vests. (more…)
Counter-protesters chase ‘free speech’ rally goers out of town, but endure police aggression after peaceful march
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