Boston Free Speech Rally Organizers Fear Violence, Face Threats - Security Guard

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20 August, 2017

More than half of USA states allow people to attend rallies with firearms, and some allow keeping those guns concealed, said Darrel Stephens, executive director of the Major Cities Chiefs Association, an organization of police department heads.

No media was allowed inside the barricade to the bandstand where they spoke. The group also said in multiple Facebook posts that they are in "no way" affiliated with the Charlottesville rally.

"We can't speak to outfits we don't have any verified intel on - they are not a group known for sharing ahead of time", she said, adding, "Our focus is on the safety of everyone".

More than 500 police officers, including undercover units, will monitor Saturday's "Boston Free Speech" rally on the Common and will shut down the event if it turns violent, officials said Friday morning at a City Hall news conference.

TV cameras showed a group of boisterous counterprotesters on the Common chasing a man with a Trump campaign banner and cap, shouting and swearing at him. Given the Mayor's attitude thus far, is there any reason to believe that he's got the police primed and ready to beat back the counter-demonstrators and protect the rally participants?

"Some of the organizers have been threatened with their lives".

But at least one of their confirmed speakers, Kyle Chapman, garnered some concern among left-wing protest groups. "Contrary to a lot of the rumors out there, the objective of the rally is to denounce the kind of political violence that we have seen - a sort of rising tide throughout the country, and particularly most recently in Charlottesville", he pointed out. "We have a city that doesn't tolerate hatred and bigotry, and we wanted to make it clear to both groups", Evans said.

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Saldana, who works in Lawrence, said he has gotten involved supporting immigrants rights. "But all the groups I am involved in are in essence fighting that narrative".

Such policies put police in the position of keeping track of demonstrators and counter-demonstrators, while also "waiting for that first shot to go off", he said, a almost impossible job.

Counter protesters of the Boston rally marched from Roxbury to the Boston Common when the event began, in order to stand against white supremacy.

One of the planned speakers of the conservative activist rally said the event "fell apart".

"We can not continue to ignore racism, ignore white supremacism, ignore neo-Nazis and pretend it's not a problem", she said.

Officials in Boston, Massachusetts, are bracing for possible confrontations as rival protests converge on the city centre on Saturday. "I think folks were not aware, not paying attention".


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