Walsh: Don't Go To The Boston Common Saturday

Boston city leaders and protest organizers are making final preparations Friday for what could be a huge demonstration on Boston Common.

Organizers of Saturday's rally in Boston have denounced the white supremacist message and violence of Charlottesville and said their event would be peaceful.

They were facing an opposition of the similar counter-protest group like in Charlottesville (Virginia), a coalition of mostly left-leaning groups and activists, such as the Black Lives Matter movement.

Around 10 participants of the Free Speech rally were waiting to gain entry through police barricades to their protest site on Boston Common.

Police Commissioner William Evans said police met Wednesday with organizers of the rally and a "solidarity" march, which is also scheduled for Saturday, and reviewed the rules and regulations of getting a permit to hold a rally in the city. "We have a city that doesn't tolerate hatred and bigotry, and we wanted to make it clear to both groups", Evans said. Even posters should have no sticks attached to them for fear that they could be used as weapons, he added. All I can say is...

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh arrived in Roxbury on Saturday morning where counter-protesters were set to begin a march to Boston Common. "I really think it was supposed to be a good event by the organizers but it kind of fell apart".

Situation on the streets of Boston remains tense, and police is scrambling to control flocks of people coming to the city center.

Later Saturday afternoon, Boston's police department tweeted that protesters were throwing bottles, urine and rocks at them and asked people publicly to refrain from doing so.

The Boston rally will come one week after violence in Charlottesville, Virginia; it's where a white supremacist rally turned deadly as marchers clashed with counter-protesters.

Local authorities stated that hundreds of police officers will be deployed in the area.

Katie Griffiths, 48, a social worker also from Cambridge, who works with members of poor and minority communities, said she finds the hate and violence happening "very scary".

The protests come one week after a deadly confrontation between white nationalists and counter-demonstrators in Charlottesville, Va., where police say 32-year-old Heather Heyer was killed and more than a dozen injured when James Alex Fields Jr., 20, of Maumee, Ohio, drove his vehicle into a crowd of protesters. Walsh and Gov. Charlie Baker spoke at an event in front of the New England Holocaust Memorial in Boston on Tuesday, after the memorial was vandalized for a second time this summer.

  • Rogelio Becker