A rally by right-wing demonstrators on the famed Boston Common, planned for Saturday, failed to register on Marty Walsh's radar last week. Organizers for the counter protest and march expect between 6,000 and 10,000 people.
Organizers affiliated with Black Lives Matter Boston, Black Lives Matter Cambridge, and Violence in Boston plan to talk about Saturday's counter-protest rally at 9 a.m.at the mural across the street from the Boston police B2 district station on Malcolm X Boulevard. I encourage members of our community to show that the values of our University and the principles of the Constitution are an effective counterweight to the behavior of a few who would seek to divide us and our nation.
Chapman and Biggs are probably the most controversial. Known by the nickname Based Stickman or the Alt Knight, he has urged members of his group to battle left-wing activists, the ADL said.
The counterdemonstration has been organized by an array of groups, including the Coalition to Mobilize and Organize Boston against Trump, the Act Now to Stop War & End Racism Coalition, Boston Democratic Socialists of America and Black Lives Matter, according to a Facebook page for the event. Both have shared fears of being labeled white supremacists via social media and claimed to disavow violence.
On Facebook, the event is titled "Fight Supremacy", but organizer Monica Cannon said their preparations include anti-violence lessons. A woman was killed at that event when a man said to have neo-Nazi sympathies crashed his vehicle into a crowd of counter-protesters, injuring another 19 people.
The ADL said in its blog, "Given the heightened tensions in the wake of Charlottesville, the Boston event could certainly see clashes between attendees and counter-protesters, who appear prepared to come out in force".
Boston Police Commissioner Billy Evans today said "we're going to be really working the crowd real closely".
More than 500 police officers - including some undercover and others with cameras - will be there.
The permit for Saturday's event on Boston Common comes with severe restrictions, including a ban on backpacks, sticks and anything that could be used as a weapon. "If anyone gets out of control " at all " it will be shut down".
Even before that permit was issued, however, counterprotesters from various organizations were at work preparing to demonstrate with potentially much larger groups. "I don't want them here".
"I don't think they're going to cause a disturbance", Robb told the Herald.