BOSTON — City officials are speaking out after a white supremacist group marched through Boston on Saturday.
Dozens of members could be seen marching in time with a snare drum along the Freedom Trail and in downtown Boston. They were dressed in khaki pants, navy shirts, white neck gaiters, sunglasses and baseball caps.
Some carried shields and flags for the white supremacist group Patriot Front.
“To the white supremacists who ran through downtown today: When we march, we don’t hide our faces. Your hate is as cowardly as it is disgusting, and it goes against all that Boston stands for,” Boston Mayor Michelle Wu tweeted.
Boston City Council President Ed Flynn said the march was the latest “brazen public display” from white supremacists, who were seen at the St. Patrick’s Day parade in March.
“I continue to be outraged by these disgusting displays,” Flynn said in a statement. “Although all people of goodwill and decency are both angered and extremely disturbed by the increased activity we continue to witness from neo-Nazis and white supremacist groups locally, we can no longer say that we’re surprised with what we continue to see across the country, unfortunately.”
In June, 31 members of the group were arrested near an Idaho Pride event after they were found packed into the back of a U-Haul truck with riot gear. The Anti-Defamation League says members of Patriot Front “maintain that their ancestors conquered America and bequeathed it to them, and no one else.”
“#Racism + #antisemitism + #WhiteSupremacy in living color on the streets of Boston. Patriot Front marching alongside the freedom trail on 4th of July holiday weekend is an insult to all who fought for freedom, equality, justice,” Robert Trestan, director of ADL New England, wrote on Twitter.
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