Tens of thousands of Bostonians braved the heat and humidity today to rally at City Hall Plaza and on Boston Common to support immigrant families, especially the ones locked up and separated under the policies of the Trump administration.
Organizers walked around City Hall Plaza and later the Common with bottles of water for sun-beaten protesters. The speakers' stand was set up in front of the JFK federal building.
This one's for Marco Rubio:
Photo by Saxikath:
Among those at the rally: US Rep. Joe Kennedy (photo by Molly Lanza):
One of the paths people took from City Hall Plaza to the Common went by the Common carousel:
Photo by A. David Lewis:
A Trumpie in jeans, a long-sleeved T-shirt and a Patriots cap took a quick swing through the crowds but was chased back to his conclave of about a half-dozen even more warmly dressed Nazis by a group of protesters yelling slogans such as "No hate, no fear, Nazi scum not welcome here."
Down at their little warren, closer to the Brewer Fountain, the Nazis, looking like some Blue Man Group rejects in heavy clothing, stood around as protesters gathered to scream at them. A pushcart vendor who normally plies his wares right there quickly folded up shop and moved away as the mass of protesters arrived.
The members of the Blue Kid Group were protected by a cordon of Boston bicycle cops who were in turn surrounded by volunteers from the main protest and Veterans for Peace, who formed a ring to keep the protesters and Nazis separate.
One of the Nazis took out a copy of "Win Bigly" and sat for a spell and at least pretended to read the book as protesters continues to scream "Nazis out!" and "Racist, sexist, anti-gay, Nazi bigots go away!" After ten minutes or so, round 1:10, the blue kids signaled to the police they were done.
The cops lined up around them and escorted them up to Beacon Street, as the protesters followed and yelled at them. The police held traffic on Beacon, then directed the balaclava gang down Bowdoin Street - and used their bicycles to form ad-hoc barricades so that the protesters could not follow them.