|Counterprotesters assemble at Statehouse before planned "free speech" rally by conservative organizers begins on adjacent Boston Common, on Saturday (Michael Dwyer/AP).|
|C'mon, Boston, make Hitler and me proud.|
|Hitler dead (or whisked to Argentina)|
But that did not satisfy those who opposed their message. Many of them handed out stickers showing the face of 32-year-old Heather Heyer, who was killed in Charlottesville when a man who attended the white nationalist rally allegedly rammed his car into a crowd of counter-demonstrators.
Our great country has been divided for decades. Sometimes you need protest in order to heal, & we will heal, & be stronger than ever before!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 19, 2017
I want to applaud the many protestors in Boston who are speaking out against bigotry and hate. Our country will soon come together as one!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 19, 2017
"On May 13, a group of veterans, ex-police, Tea Party Republicans, and young people affiliated with the self-described 'alt-right' — a conservative faction that mixes racism, white nationalism, anti-Semitism, and populism — gathered around the Common's historic Parkman Bandstand.
"Organizers claimed that they were honoring their First Amendment right to assemble and express radical viewpoints. But the event felt more like a small, right-wing rally than a celebration of the Constitution."
"Boston officials said Friday that they will shut down the Saturday event if there are signs of violence.
"'The courts have made it abundantly clear that they have the right to gather, no matter how repugnant their views are,' said Mayor Martin J. Walsh. 'They don't have the right to create unsafe conditions. ...They must respect our city.'"
"He urged the public not to confront members of hate groups who show up Saturday and advised residents and tourists to avoid the Common during the rally." More