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BOSTON (CBS) – Boston Mayor Marty Walsh is urging people to stay away from a planned Free Speech Rally scheduled for Saturday on Boston Common.

Walsh made the comments Friday as he discussed security for the event alongside Boston Police Commissioner William Evans and Gov. Charlie Baker.

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The mayor said he has spoken with the Southern Poverty Law Center for guidance on how to handle events involving white supremacists.

“They say that interacting with these groups just gives them a platform to spread their message of hate,” said Walsh. “They recommend that people should not confront these rallies. So we’re urging everyone to stay away from the Common.”

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Surveillance cameras were installed Friday before Saturday’s rally on Boston Common. (WBZ-TV)

A total of 500 police officers will be present at the rally, and several hundred more are available if necessary.

Fencing and security cameras were installed on Boston Common’s Parkman Bandstand Friday morning as police continue safety preparations ahead of Saturday’s planned rally.

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A camera is installed on Parkman Bandstand to monitor Free Speech Rally crowds. (WBZ-TV)

City officials approved a permit earlier this week for the rally, organized by the Boston Free Speech Coalition.

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Barriers are set up on Boston Common ahead of a planned Free Speech Rally. (Image Credit: Chris Gobeille/WBZ-TV)

The permit allows rallygoers to begin setting up at 10 a.m. on Saturday. The rally is expected to begin at noon.

“There have been questions about why we granted a permit for the rally tomorrow,” said Walsh. “The courts have made it abundantly clear. They have the right to gather, no matter how repugnant their views are. But they don’t have the right to create unsafe conditions. They have the right to free speech. In return, they have to respect our city.”

“At the same time, we can’t look away. The children of our city are watching, and I want everyone who goes to the Common tomorrow to understand that. The young people of our city are watching TV, are following this. We have to make it clear what we stand for in the City of Boston.”

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Boston Mayor Marty Walsh talks to reporters Friday.(WBZ-TV)

A large counter-protest is also expected at the event.

The sides will be separated by barriers, Boston Police said.

“Boston and Massachusetts are the home of some of the most important moments in the fight for freedom and equality in this nation’s history,” said Baker. “Tomorrow is one more chapter in that honored tradition, and we’re going to do everything we can to make sure tomorrow is about liberty and justice, freedom and peace, and yes the right for people to peacefully assemble.”

Thomas Robb, the national director of the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, told the Boston Herald that some members from the Springfield area are planning to attend Saturday’s Rally. Walsh disputed this claim.

“There’s been no talk of any Ku Klux Klansmen at all,” Walsh said.

No weapons, sticks, or flagpoles will be allowed in the area. A full list of prohibited items is available on the Boston Police website.

Boston Common vendors have been asked to close for the day. As a precaution, the Frog Pond and swan boats will be closed as well.

Walsh said it is frustrating that vendors will lose business just “for five people to be able to spew hate. That’s just an unfortunate circumstance, but we’ll deal with it.”

Tremont Street will be closed at about 10:30 a.m. to Charles Street South.

“There will be zero tolerance for any violence tomorrow. We will not tolerate any misbehavior, any violence, or any vandalism whatsoever,” said Evans.

The rally comes one week after clashes between white supremacists and counter-protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia. One woman was killed when a car drove into a crowd of demonstrators.

Organizers for the Boston Free Speech Rally said they condemn white supremacists and have no association with the groups involved in the Charlottesville clashes.

Monica Cannon, founder of a group called Violence In Boston that is among the sponsors of the Fight Supremacy counter-protest, held a press conference on Friday.

“I’m a black woman living in Roxbury. I don’t have the privilege of ignoring this problem,” she said. “For many years I feel like they ignored the problem. Ignoring a problem has never made it go away. I think it’s an obligation morally, but as a community member also to resist it.”

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Carl Stevens reports

Comments (202)
  1. Sam Jones says:

    Well, let’s see if the BPD can keep the two groups separated. Charlottesville’s police chose not to and mayhem ensued.

    1. Paul Tibbets says:

      More than that Sam.
      The Police had the groups separated at that time. They had the speakers in the park then forced them to leave into the waiting arms of the ANTIFA mob. Why would Police directly decide to cause a riot? They knew for months people where going to talk in the park, they also knew there was going to be counter protestors.

      This is makes as much sense as calling the fire department to your house, only to have them proceed to burn it to the ground.

      1. Jay Barbieri says:

        The police are active participants in the destruction of USA.

      2. Joe Pickett says:

        Yes, I had a friend in Cville, she can confirm that indeed the police funneled their group into a bunch of communist ANTIFA goons. Violence seems to have been wanted by someone or ones there.

    2. .

      THERE IS ONLY ONE PERMIT ISSUED…

      … to the Boston Free Speech Coalition

      The democrats are illegally assembling WITHOUT a permit, just to cause a riot.

      .

      1. Par for the course.

      2. Southern Poverty Law Center is giving advice? What do they know about crowd control? The DC Police are old hand at controlling mobs, and Cleveland did a good job during the convention. Looks like another democrat disaster in the waiting. The Mayor is probably preparing a speech blaming Trump in advance.

    3. What is the purpose of having a free speech rally?…..What exactly does this group need to prove?…There must be better ways to spend your Saturdays than putting people out of work for you nonsense…500 cops on detail for 100 people that pulled a permit to have a rally…The whole thing does not make any sense…The only thing that does make sense is to stay home and enjoy your family on your day off…

      1. Bob Wilson says:

        why would they need 500 cops for 100 folks attending a free speech rally, a permitted one at that? are they expecting some party crashers? hmmmm….

      2. …But it’s ok to have a BLM march/rally, women’s pink hat march/rally, and other left-leaning gatherings but not the other end of the pendulum?. I’m not defending the beliefs of the NN crowd here but I DO defend their right to assemble and speak. No wait, the Bill of Rights do that.

      3. A group wants to have a free speech rally. Community responds with hate & fear, as if people who support the 1A are violent terrorists.

        THAT is why a free speech rally is needed.

      4. Normal people spend their Saturday with their families. I saw the old lady waving the flag trying to provoke a reaction and get dragged like an idiot. What the hell is grandma doing in the middle of this mess? Lunatics on both sides. The media is only covering this hoping for violence and when it does, I will not feel sorry for anyone who gets hurt. You went there, you were asking for it. Can’t get hurt staying home.

    4. Seems that the good people of Bahstun have forgotten their racist past during the busing riots from 1970-72 where nice white Bahstonians fought to keep black kids from going to school with white kids.

  2. southern poverty law center is a completely unbiased group of lawyers and activists.

    1. You must be joking or you are stupid

    2. “The courts have made it abundantly clear. They have the right to gather, no matter how repugnant their views are.”

      Revealing what leftists think of “Free Speech” views! “REPUGNANT???”

    3. Doug Day says:

      So, the good Massachussetts Fascists that run Boston will ALLOW a group opposed to their views to assemble…mighty ***** of you.

      1. Seems that Boston has forgotten their anti-irrigation, no-bussing riots from 1970-72.. when white faced Bahstun people fought to prevent black children from attending school with whitekids.

    4. Fred Hermans says:

      Southern poverty LIE center

  3. challenger392 says:

    Da Mayor is getting advice from the SPLC..REALLY !!.. A racist grp that labels it’s enemies as terrorists and anyone they hate is a right wing.danger.. And the demoRat mayor is using a hate grp for advice .. Wow.. Guess the 2nd civil war is starting and it might start were the Colonists confronted the Red Coats.

  4. Anyone showing up wearing a mask should be told to remove it. Maybe less Antifa will show up.

  5. Jack Wood says:

    Remember when wearing a hood and a mask was racist?

    1. Paul Tibbets says:

      I remember when the cops used to allow Americans to speak rather than force them into the arms of a mob, and then immediately STAND DOWN!

  6. Another grand standing politician,we are going early.

  7. Jesse Lloyd says:

    So— people organizing a rally for free speech are now right wing radical racists — the the press gives this guy a pass??? Am I missing something ??

  8. Who has the permit, who does not.
    No permit = chased away, tazed, and arrested!

  9. How is this a march to “spread hateful ideas”? The organizers of this march disavow the racists of Charlottesville and it is a free speech march. Nothing about that is racist.

  10. Know your Rights, You have the right to free speech as long as You’re not dumb enough to actually try it. The Clash

  11. Fred Turk says:

    South Boston is just full of SJW’s. Remember the busing demonstrations?

  12. This was all started with Obama and his administration. Did not start with Trump!!!

  13. .

    To be perfectly clear…

    THERE IS ONLY ONE PERMIT ISSUED…

    … to the Boston Free Speech Coalition.

    Any other gathering is an illegal assembly.

    .

  14. If the Free Speech organizers condemn White Supremists why is the SPLC being consulted? And if some Klan members attend a Red Sox game it doesn’t make every Red Sox fan a racist so I don’t see the need of the reference other than to shade this article. And is the woman from the community against free speech? What is the media missing Here?

    1. David Oliver says:

      What is the media missing Here? Everything that doesn’t fit the narrative.

  15. He’s warning you to stay away because the alt-left has killed free speech and Democrat mayors fully support that. Forward, Comrade Walsh!

  16. The Red Pill Expo got the same press. There were no messages of racism or white supremacy, but the local media labeled it that way anyway.

    1. I didn’t know what “Red Pill” referred to two days ago, but I do now. Do you seriously expect me to believe that the Red Pill Expo wasn’t about expressing hate for Jews?

      The First Amendment guarantees the right of racists, Nazis, KKKers, and any other group to gather peacefully and spout their messages, whatever they may be — including messages of hate. All they’re legally required to do is stop short of inciting violence.

      Anyone else who goes into the area where the permit holders are gathering will be there for one and only two reasons — to silence the permit holders and to start trouble. The interlopers won’t succeed in silencing the other side, but they’ll more than likely succeed in starting trouble. If anything other than outright violence results, I’ll be surprised. I can see the event being named the Summer of 2017 Boston Riot.

  17. Marty Walsh, Faker Baker, Granny Warren, Dingaling Markey — it’s so embarrassing to be from Massachusetts. Yes I’m moving SOON!

    1. Gordon Corey says:

      Belated, but applauded, kudos.

  18. Anything that isn’t a Democrat Party rally is now “hate speech.” Don’t let the communist Democrat Party steal our rights!

  19. Al Sordi says:

    This a FREE SPEECH rally !!!! The media and the mayor are tainting it as racist, so good people won’t come and associate with it . Close the duck boats???? These are Stalinist propaganda strategies!!
    Its the crazy manipulated lefties with the pink hair and the nose rings that will cause all the trouble.
    The real fascists are on the left.

  20. I posted this with links but it was held for moderation which sometimes means it never gets published so I am trying again without links….

    What is the problem with free speech? Only fascist would be against it. The free speech rally has nothing to do with hatred or racism.
    …..
    <link removed – you can find it on face book "boston free speech"
    "This Free Speech Movement is dedicated to peaceful rallies and are in no way affiliated with the Charlottesville rally on 8/12/17
    While we maintain that every individual is entitled to their freedom of speech and defend that basic human right, we will not be offering our platform to racism or bigotry. We denounce the politics of supremacy and violence. We denounce the actions, activities, and tactics of the so-called Antifa movement. We denounce the normalization of political violence."
    …..

    The democrats want to control speech so they can squash political opposition. Boston should be defending its reputation as a center of civilization. Instead is has degenerated into a den of partisan politics where the freedoms of our constitution are threatened. Massachusetts was one of the original thireteen colonies that formed the United States but the forefathers who risked their lives for the freedoms guranteed in the constitution would be sad to see what is happening here now.

    Walsh is a political hack defending the alt-left, the unholy alliance outlined in the memo that got Rich Higgins fired from the NSC:

    You can find it on any search engine Rich Higgins Memo

  21. Jabber Joe says:

    When AntiFa shows up in their black uniforms with masks and weapons, we will learn exactly where the leftist and the media stand on free speech.

  22. Brus Al says:

    Washington Square in NYC is going to be fun as well now that SNL’s Weekend Update called upon all the AntiFa people to beat down anyone showing up for a Saturday rally. Then there are the other 8 locations beyond Boston and NYC which the show brought unnecessary attention to but why shouldn’t NBC promote violence so as to boost its loser ratings?!

  23. .

    “”The sides will be separated by barriers, Boston Police said.””

    Hello…. only one “side” has a permit.

    Arrest the others as soon as they congregate.

    This is the sole reason there is a big problem here… the laws are only enforced against one “side”.

    .

  24. Marty, it’s Repugnant not Repundant.

    1. Don’t pick on Mayor Marty…
      … he had too much to drink for breakfast.

  25. Hizzonner’s warning is only for law-abiding citizens.The crazies from the alt-left and their progressive supporters will be out in force.

    The Boston Police will be their body guards.

  26. So who is going to show to protest people for supporting the 1st Amendment and free speech? Might want to check Boston’s Craigslist for George Soros funded rent a mob ads.

  27. Well, it took the big shots long enough to figure out that they need to keep people apart, didn’t it?

  28. hitrestart1 says:

    So, the Boston Free Speech Coalition is organizing a free speech rally, but somehow that’s racist? Free speech is RACIST??? And getting the local KKK leadership to say some members of their group may attend is confirmation of what, exactly? Did anyone bother to ask BLM leadership if some of their members may attend? How about AntiFa?

    STOP MEDIA HATE!

  29. Please show the faces of those who are protesting AGAINST free speech.

  30. What makes the Mayor assume that a free speech rally will provoke violence unless there’s an assumption that any counter protesters will provide it? Are the rally organizers known provocateurs of far-right opinion that would raise an alarm?

  31. Steve Hansen says:

    I find it interesting that Boston officials claim ““Boston and Massachusetts are the home of some of the most important moments in the fight for freedom and equality in this nation’s history,”

    Pardon me? Remember the Boston busing riot and protests of the busing era? This is from a 2014 WBUR series on the Boston crisis:

    “By October (1974) The Boston Globe wrote: “What we prayed wouldn’t happen has happened. The city of Boston has gotten out of control.”

    A group of whites in South Boston brutally beat a Haitian resident of Roxbury who had driven into their neighborhood. A month later some black students stabbed a white student at South Boston High. The school was shut down for a month.

    Then-Gov. Francis Sargent put the National Guard on alert. State police were called in and would remain on duty on the streets of South Boston for the next three years.”

    1. I guess you would have no trouble busing your eight year old white kid to all black Roxbury instead of sending him four blocks away from home to his neighborhood school? A lot of white children’s lives were destroyed due to forced busing. While the surrounding rich white towns who sent their kids to their neighborhood schools called the poor whites of South Boston racist.
      Freedom of Association is equally as important as Freedom of Speech. Without it you’re not free.

  32. Yes, by all means, STAY AWAY FROM THE FREE SPEECH RALLY. You don’t want to be exposed to free speech.

  33. David James says:

    Should be nice and peaceful if the progs stay away.

  34. SJW SNOWFLAKES: Safe zones will be set up in your homes so you don’t have to be exposed to the danger of opposing ideas and FREE SPEECH. Counselors will be on hand if you are traumatized.

  35. We are all equal under the law. To call a group a “hate group” is false and actually professes hate, giving the impression that people with divergent views should not be protected by the law. To label groups as “white supremacists” because they defend soldiers’ memorials and confederate statues is also false and professes hate.

  36. Everybody who has been getting fat off the globalist agenda and Obama’s “fundamental changing of America” is out to marginalize anyone who is not onboard with offshoring US jobs and flooding the US with low skilled third worlders who have no intention of assimilating and who often go directly on the dole and stay there.

    We’re all about to get smeared as “nazis” and “racists” just to justify shutting us up and bleeding us dry.

  37. This is all any police department needs to deter mob violence. .Indiscriminate, nobody gets hurt, just stinky: Works in Israel. Cheap too.

  38. Charlie Doe says:

    Latest rumors are that the Free Speech organizers are just going to stay away leaving the BLM and Antifa thugs to beat on each other.

  39. Let’s hope the Liberal Taliban doesn’t tear down the Soldiers and Sailors Monument!

  40. Charlie Doe says:

    “Thomas Robb, the national director of the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, told the Boston Herald that some members from the Springfield area are planning to attend Saturday’s Rally. Walsh disputed this claim.”

    Both members of the Springfield KKK are FBI informants

  41. David Grimes says:

    This is simple, it really is.

    You either believe in free speech or you believe in something else.

    If you believe in free speech that must include speech with which you disagree or even find “repugnant.”

    I’m not an Ivy Leaguer, just a graduate of a lowly midwestern regional university. But I AM a history major and I actually read the actual Constitution of the United States of America. I even read those amendment thingys.

    And I have yet to find the right to not be offended.

    If anyone can point that out to me I’d appreciate it because I consider myself a good student and hate to think that I missed something this important.

    1. Tom Robbins says:

      It’s located right near the right to health care clause.

  42. Should be peaceful if ANTIFA/BLM/LEFTIST ANARCHIST hate mongers stay away and the police do their jobs. No one likes Nazis and no one likes leftist thugs either.

  43. Southern Poverty Law Center

    That’s a joke. If you don’t conform to their views and ONLY their views, you’re a “hate group”…

  44. Joe Jacobs says:

    i would hope anyone showing up wearing/carrying or masks black hoodies or black bandannas would be prevented from joining

  45. The article states ‘Free Speech Rally’, then goes on to say it’s by ‘White Supremacists’, but does not name any organizations that are allegedly ‘White Supremacists’. Does anyone know the name of the group or person that got the permit?

    1. Jeff Montana says:

      All white people are white supremacists now. Your skin is your uniform, and you’re on the same side as the alt-right, whether you want to be or not.

  46. Art Rivers says:

    Why can’t we all just get along? Wait that didn’t work either. You have a permit fine, you don’t you go to jail. Next case your honor.

  47. Jeff Montana says:

    It’s too late to stop the movement now. The goyim know.

  48. It’s time to rename Yawkey Way — to — Michael Faith Blvd. RIP.

  49. Al Carnali says:

    Marty doesn’t like thugs… unless they’re union thugs.

  50. as far as I’m concerned, these are all staged by the left. I just hope none of our Revolutionary War monuments are attacked, defaced or taken down by mistake. The liberal protesters are not the brightest.

  51. Tomas Cruz says:

    Make all left wing radical hate groups take off their masks. It might keep them from assaulting people and burning things.

  52. The Southern Poverty Law Center is one of the most racist biased organizations out there. The Mayor may as well asked Black Lies Matter and Antifa what they think. .

  53. Mark Smith says:

    I think this Mayor is a moron. He’s asking the Southern Poverty Law Center for advice? This is going to be bad.

  54. will the counter protesters be required to keep the peace and get a permit? DemocRATs are hipocrits and anarchists

  55. The SPLC is a hate group and the “counter protesters” with be anti free speech fascist antifa and probably the Klan with a tan BLM.

  56. Tom Smith says:

    So the mayor is consulting one hate group about another hate group. What fuzzy logic. The SPLC called Family Research Council a hate group so nut when in their based on their publicity and shot the place up.

  57. Until cop killers known as Black Lives Matter show up…

  58. Jay Are says:

    Translation of Mayor’s speech…. Bigoted white supremacists have a legal right to speak. Bigoted leftie supremacists have the Mayor’s dog whistle right to riot every time they do.

  59. John Day says:

    IN DEFENSE OF GENERAL LEE
    By Edward C. Smith
    Saturday, August 21, 1999
    © Copyright 1999 The Washington Post Company
    Let me begin on a personal note. I am a 56-year-old, third-generation, African American Washingtonian who is a graduate of the D.C. public schools and who happens also to be a great admirer of Robert E. Lee’s.
    Today, Lee, who surrendered his troops to Gen. Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Court House 134 years ago, is under attack by people — black and white — who have incorrectly characterized him as a traitorous, slaveholding racist. He was recently besieged in Richmond by those opposed to having his portrait displayed prominently in a new park.
    My first visit to Lee’s former home, now Arlington National Cemetery, came when I was 12 years old, and it had a profound and lasting effect on me. Since then I have visited the cemetery hundreds of times searching for grave sites and conducting study tours for the Smithsonian Institution and various other groups interested in learning more about Lee and his family as well as many others buried at Arlington.
    Lee’s life story is in some ways the story of early America. He was born in 1807 to a loving mother, whom he adored. His relationship with his father, Henry “Light Horse Harry” Lee, (who was George Washington’s chief of staff during the Revolutionary War) was strained at best. Thus, as he matured in years, Lee adopted Washington (who had died in 1799) as a father figure and patterned his life after him. Two of Lee’s ancestors signed the Declaration of Independence, and his wife, Mary Custis, was George Washington’s foster great-granddaughter.
    Lee was a top-of-the-class graduate of West Point, a Mexican War hero and superintendent of West Point. I can think of no family for which the Union meant as much as it did for his.
    But it is important to remember that the 13 colonies that became 13 states reserved for themselves a tremendous amount of political autonomy. In pre-Civil War America, most citizens’ first loyalty went to their state and the local community in which they lived. Referring to the United States of America in the singular is a purely post-Civil War phenomenon.
    All this should help explain why Lee declined command of the Union forces — by Abraham Lincoln — after the firing on Fort Sumter. After much agonizing, he resigned his commission in the Union army and became a Confederate commander, fighting in defense of Virginia, which at the outbreak of the war possessed the largest population of free blacks (more than 60,000) of any Southern state.
    Lee never owned a single slave, because he felt that slavery was morally reprehensible. He even opposed secession. (His slaveholding was confined to the period when he managed the estate of his late father-in-law, who had willed eventual freedom for all of his slaves.)
    Regarding the institution, it’s useful to remember that slavery was not abolished in the nation’s capital until April 1862, when the country was in the second year of the war. The final draft of the Emancipation Proclamation was not written until September 1862, to take effect the following Jan. 1, and it was intended to apply only to those slave states that had left the Union.
    Lincoln’s preeminent ally, Frederick Douglass, was deeply disturbed by these limitations but determined that it was necessary to suppress his disappointment and “take what we can get now and go for the rest later.” The “rest” came after the war.
    Martin Luther King Jr. was one of the few civil rights leaders who clearly understood that the era of the 1960s was a distant echo of the 1860s, and thus he read deeply into Civil War literature. He came to admire and respect Lee, and to this day, no member of his family, former associate or fellow activist that I know of has protested the fact that in Virginia Dr. King’s birthday — a federal holiday — is officially celebrated as “Robert E. Lee-Stonewall Jackson-Martin Luther King Day.”
    Lee is memorialized with a statue in the U.S. Capitol and in stained glass in the Washington Cathedral.
    It is indeed ironic that he has long been embraced by the city he fought against and yet has now encountered some degree of rejection in the city he fought for.
    In any event, his most fitting memorial is in Lexington, Va.: a living institution where he spent his final five years. There the much-esteemed general metamorphosed into a teacher, becoming the president of small, debt-ridden Washington College, which now stands as the well-endowed Washington and Lee University.
    It was in Lexington that he made a most poignant remark a few months before his death. “Before and during the War Between the States I was a Virginian,” he said. “After the war I became an American.”
    I have been teaching college students for 30 years, and learned early in my career that the twin maladies of ignorance and misinformation are not incurable diseases. The antidote for them is simply to make a lifelong commitment to reading widely and deeply. I recommend it for anyone who would make judgment on figures from the past, including Robert E. Lee.
    [Dr. Smith is co-director of the Civil War Institute at American University in Washington, D.C.]

  60. John Day says:

    Of course this is unedited history, that only half of you will know….

  61. MAHHHTY walsh has been chumming for thugs all week. they’ll be there. count on it.

  62. All these tactics by the left are directly out of Saul Alinsky’s book Rules For Radicals. The devil’s names are his tactics: accuser, liar, thief, destroyer, tempter, murderer, deceiver, enemy, et al. Satan’s name in Hebrew literally means “accuser”. That’s exactly what the left does, they accuse and they accuse, over and over again until you lose heart and fall back. There’s no need to really even try to explain it further than that.

  63. Weld explicitly says the organizers of this rally have a “message of hate.” I am not a part of the organization, and do not claim to have read every statement by the guy, but has Weld, or anyone reading this, actually read the Free Speech organizer’s statements? They explicitly denounce racism and violence. They advocate debate as opposed to using force. This is a message of hate? I’m not saying some fringe wackos may try to hijack the event (and then be used to show the alleged shortcomings of the organizer)- they almost certainly will- but one should judge the rally by the statement of its organizers, and if people are finding their statement a “message of hate,” they need to seriously check their premises.

  64. There will be a quiet order for the police to stand down, especially when the Nazis are far outnumbered. Surprise violence will ensue, and once again the press will report that the radical right was fighting with….themselves?

  65. In the United States peaceful people have a right to free speech no matter how repulsive or disgusting their views are. The police should quickly arrest anyone who resorts to violence in any way.

  66. gfmucci says:

    Great. So the Mayor speaks to a Communist-inspired group, the SPLC to get advice about “free speech.” He might as well talk to Hitler about how not to be a Nazi.

  67. Don Butler says:

    I thought the Civil War should begin in Texas. NO! It should begin in Boston. Home of the original Tea Party.

  68. Nice to see that the mayor obviously supports the violent left.

  69. mikey0 says:

    Boston…..didn’t the mayor refuse Chick-Fil-A an opportunity to open a restaurant there? Something how the president (Cathy is his name) is a bigot because he supports traditional – and normal – marriage. So we already know there is no great drive to support free speech there. Expect trouble.

  70. David Leach says:

    This rally is being organized by minorities, and 3 out of the 4 speakers are Black or Hispanic. It truly is a FREE SPEECH RALLY. So when the crazed violent anarchists from Antifala show up what will the cops do?

  71. Mark Meyer says:

    Last time I looked it is the left that is full of intolerant fascists. First amendment is hated by progressives,

  72. As a Va resident of Charlottesville, the failure here was of police allowing the Rally people to collide with the Antifa people who had arrived ready to battle. The police in clearing the park herded them together. Hopefully Boston is smarter than this?

  73. Marty is an ass monkey. He’s the anti Irish abortion king.

  74. I’ll bet my paycheck that the so-called “Antifa” will be showing up with helmets, mace, wooden clubs, bottles to hurl, and wearing bandanas to cover their faces because — you know — they’re so “peaceful” and all.

  75. Steve Frank says:

    “The mayor said he has spoken with the Southern Poverty Law Center for guidance on how to handle events involving white supremacists.”

    SICKENING!!!!

    The “SPLC” is a Communist/Marxist operation who labels ANYONE they disagree with NAZIS.
    They are enemies to Patriots/Conservatives. Its DISGUISTING they are labeling Conservative FREE SPEECH rallies as “RIGHT WING” or “ALT RIGHT” just divisive made up labels

    MAGA 2020

  76. Went by there tonight. Seemed quiet. Maybe stronger barriers are needed. Like when Boston hosted the Democratic National Convention in 2004.

  77. Watch for Alt-Left violence. They are the fascists with clubs.

  78. Max Shredly says:

    I admit I don’t know anything about the group putting this thing on but what makes this free speech event about white supremacy?

  79. Su Yu says:

    You’re only allowed to beat up White people wearing red, white and blue.

  80. Asking the Southern Poverty Law Center about fairness is like asking the KKK to comment on how to clean sheets. You don’t ask a bunch of racists about other groups of racists.

  81. Susan Vue says:

    Eff U Bolshevik Walsh. My guns and I will be there to kick some alt-Left Antifa butt

  82. Fred Howard says:

    This is exactly what should have happened in Charlottesville, where instead of stopping the violent antifa the police encouraged them and caused a national uproar.

  83. Jim Heath says:

    So one group gets a permit, on e doesn’t. Put them In a park and tell the police to go home. That should go well.

  84. Paul Trott says:

    The city asking SPLC for advice?. No political bias here. No sireee.(((sarc)))

  85. Rich Bolles says:

    The Democrat Logic explained in answering ‘Why are Fire Trucks Red ?’
    Because they have eight wheels and four people on them, and four plus eight makes twelve, and there are twelve inches in a foot, and one foot is a ruler, and Queen Elizabeth was a ruler, and Queen Elizabeth was also a ship, and the ship sailed the seas, and there were fish in the seas, and fish have fins, and the Finns fought the Russians, and the Russians are red, and fire trucks are always “Russian” around, so that’s why fire trucks are red!

  86. John Stewart says:

    The Southern Poverty Law Center is the very last place a mayor should go for advice. They are race hustlers.

  87. Hopefully the hate group Antifa won’t show up there in Boston and create problems like it did down in Charlottesville.

  88. One thing you can trust, progressives will find a way to do violence. It’s just in their nature as Communists. It’s the oldest trick in Lenin’s book. Do violence upon the opposition then blame them for the violence. Once you firmly established that in the minds of your useful idiots, then you can overthrow the government and take over. That’s been their endgame all along.

  89. Chris Jones says:

    The mayor is a twit. I liked what the police commissioner had to say. The counter protest starts in Roxbury, so that means it is a BLM organized hate march. I have no doubts those Antifa morons will be there throwing feces, and balloons filled with urine like rabid animals like they do at other events.

  90. ASIA FOR THE ASIANS, AFRICA FOR THE AFRICANS, WHITE COUNTRIES FOR EVERYBODY!

    Everybody says there is this RACE problem. Everybody says this RACE problem will be solved when the third world pours into EVERY white country and ONLY into white countries.

    The Netherlands and Belgium are just as crowded as Japan or Taiwan, but nobody says Japan or Taiwan will solve this RACE problem by bringing in millions of third worlders and quote assimilating unquote with them.

    Everybody says the final solution to this RACE problem is for EVERY white country and ONLY white countries to “assimilate,” i.e., intermarry, with all those non-whites.

    What if I said there was this RACE problem and this RACE problem would be solved only if hundreds of millions of non-blacks were brought into EVERY black country and ONLY into black countries?

    How long would it take anyone to realize I’m not talking about a RACE problem. I am talking about the final solution to the BLACK problem?

    And how long would it take any sane black man to notice this and what kind of psycho black man wouldn’t object to this?

    But if I tell that obvious truth about the ongoing program of genocide against my race, the white race, Liberals and respectable conservatives agree that I am a naziwhowantstokillsixmillionjews.

    They say they are anti-racist. What they are is anti-white.

    Anti-racist is a code word for anti-white.

  91. Fight Supremacy? You don’t like boxing?

    Looks like the mobsters of Anti-Fa are winning. Black Lives Matter will be back to block more highways. Last time they did that a man being transported via ambulance who was tied up in their traffic jam DIED–why wasn’t there a prosecution for manslaughter? Mayor Walsh has some ‘splainin’ to do…

  92. I find many are obviously not even reading the statements of the organizer. Anyone who is protesting the ideas contained in the quote below from the organizer, is a flagrant authoritarian statist, an enemy of freedom and an advocate of the initiation of physical force in human affairs.

    “We welcome all individuals and organizations from any political affiliations that are willing to peaceably engage in open dialogue about the threats to, and importance of, free speech and civil liberties….We look forward to this tide-changing peaceful event that has the potential to be a shining example of how we, in the city of Boston, can come together for the common goal of preserving freedom of speech for all and respectfully discussing our differences of opinion without engaging in violence.”

  93. Imagine that..a duly elected Mayor telling people to stay away from free speech..Bet he’s a liberal…

  94. Steve Carr says:

    Privacy is every Americans right. Freedom of speech and freedom of the internet,. We must keep the internet free from the government. Stop the Government from spying on everybody. So stop using the spying search engines, us the unbiased no tracking search engine that owns its own search results Lookseek.com try it have a nice day

  95. Mike Johnson says:

    “They say that interacting with these groups just gives them a platform to spread their message of hate,” said Walsh.

    Interacting with them gives them a platform? How about non-stop, wall to wall media coverage?

  96. Ryan Wynns says:

    The Southern Poverty Law Center is not a credible, serious source… but nonetheless, they’ve duped the authorities into thinking that they are (or more realistically, are in cahoots with at least some of the authorities…) If the SPLC is instructing the police on how to run the even, IT’S A SETUP. I hope that Joe Biggs and the many other pro-free speech individuals that will be there who, like Biggs, are NOT “white supremacists” definitely will have to be on guard against Antifa/leftist violence.

  97. John McElroy says:

    The Southern Poverty Law Center is where every responsible public official goes for sound advice.

  98. “They say that interacting with these groups just gives them a platform to spread their message of hate,”

    Except of course if you are a member of radical left hate groups such SPLC, BLM or Antifa or a myriad of others . In that case you can assemble illegally and cause mayhem, violence and destruction. And don’t worry about it you will not be arrested and media and politicians will blame the lunatics on the right so all good.

  99. Joe Haffner says:

    Trump needs to already put out a statement condemning white hate groups so the left mainstream media cant say he waited too long. He also needs to say they are worse than isis and throw in there that global warming is worse than terrorism.

  100. Fred Doe says:

    “There will be zero tolerance for any violence tomorrow. We will not tolerate any misbehavior, any violence, or any vandalism whatsoever,”

    Unless of course you are a Soros supplied antifa leftist attempting to shut down anyone else’s free speech with violence. In that case, the democrats will welcome the violence along with the opportunity to blame the violence you commit on their political enemies, real Americans!

  101. Doug Oritz says:

    Why is the mayor contacting the Southern Poverty Law Center a known Leftist organization? Just who was elected and responsible for running the city, the mayor or the Southern Poverty Law Center?

    Boston needs strong leadership, a leader who knows how to run a city and call the shots. It does not need a weak-kneed sissy that has to call on others to make decisions. Shame on you, Boston, shame on you.

  102. Dave Dykstra says:

    Strange how CBS labels a free speech rally as “right-wing”. Clearly they believe left-wingers don’t believe in free speech.
    All people rallying for free speech should raise their hands and yell, “Don’t shoot!”

  103. SPLC is a hate group itself. It was smart to ask them how to handle a rally where “hate groups” show up.

  104. This is going to be another set up. The pattern of operation is this: The right wing gets a permit and proceeds according to law. Antifa insects show up without permit and proceed to riot mode. The police dutifully stand down by Demo-Marxist city official order. People get hurt; property gets damaged. I think I’ve got the choreography down chapter and rote.

  105. Roger Jones says:

    It truly a paradox to me that Left wants to deny non-violent speech rights to white supremacists, but seem to have little or no concern with Islamic supremacists that are often much worse and more duplicitious.

    Many white supremacists are profoundly non-violent and simply want separate but equal to return which agrees somewhat with the liberal idea of having separate meetings, facilities and services for minority groups.

    Every Islamist, non-violent and violent, is a supremacist. None of them think other worldviews/religions deserves equal rights with theirs. They all believe everyone will eventually voluntarily or be forced to submit to Islamic law.

    How many have been murdered by white supremacists in the last 50 years versus how many have been murdered by Islamic supremacists? What is the score? A few hundred have been killed by white supremacists versus several million killed by Islamists all over the world.

    Why does the Left give Islam a pass?

    To me, supremacists are evil regardless of their worldview, religion, government philosophy.

  106. Samuel Green says:

    If the authorities were smart, they would ban the use of masks, bandanas or anything else that obscures the person’s identity.

    This is a favorite tactic of Black Lives Matter, and entity just as stuck on stupid as the KKK

    Obviously if it was winter, an ordinance like that would be foolish, but on the day of this rally, it won’t get lower than 65* at night.

  107. “Multi-culturalism” is not only a fraud, it’s dead. Proponents are phony because those who disagree with them are considered to be “Them” or “Other” and unacceptable, contradicting the MC concept. But it never worked and never will. Unity, our common interests and what brings us together is the solution.

  108. Jason Watson says:

    That’s hilarious. Asking a hate group how to handle a hate group.

  109. J. Edgar Hoover Testified in 1967 about Communist tactics in America

    “Communists seek to advance the cause of Communism by injecting themselves into racial situations and in exploiting them (1) to intensify frictions between Negroes and whites to ‘prove’ that the discrimination against minorities is an inherent defect of the capitalist system, (2) to foster domestic disunity by dividing Negroes and whites into antagonistic, warring factions, (3) to undermine and destroy established authority, (4) to incite Negro hostility toward law and order, (5) to encourage and foment further racial strife and riotous activity, and (6) to portray the Communist movement as the ‘champion’ of social protest and the only force capable of ameliorating the conditions of the Negroes and the oppressed.

  110. Interesting how this story, your writer, conflate “free speech” and “white supremacy”. One of man’s finest ideals, too die for in fact, and one our greatest scourges, and you can’t tell the difference,

  111. Neal Mcelroy says:

    America Is Under Attack from Within – None of this that is happening on the left is random. None of the riots, none of the protests. They are not the result of the left being offended by individual acts. Antifa didn’t show up in Charlottesville because they found out something was going to happen that offended them. They showed up in Charlottesville to create mayhem and cause hell. They showed up in Ferguson, Missouri, to do the same thing.They showed up in Baltimore to do the same thing — and wherever they show up today and tomorrow and next week, it’s by design, on purpose, has an objective and an agenda. And that agenda is to erase American history. That agenda is to distort, erase, and impugn our history. It is crucial if they are to succeed. Because, you see, if enough Americans can be persuaded that America, as founded, is unjust — if enough Americans can be persuaded that America, as founded, is inherently racist and immoral and illegitimate — then it will be all that much easier to erase America as founded.
    The two go hand in hand, which is the objective of all of these groups on the left. Whatever they’re called and wherever they go and however they organize and whatever their day-to-day purpose, their objective is to erase the history of America. If enough Americans can be persuaded of all of that — that America is inherently racist, that America is and has been a lie — then it’s over.

  112. Bob Forsberg says:

    Anyone attending other than those who organized the event are there only to create trouble.

  113. This is not a good idea. You have a demoRat mayor, a demoRat Governor (just like you had in Charlottesville and Virginia, as well as San Jose California and other dem strongholds, were these demoRat vermin politicians ordered their Police Chiefs to stand down the police.
    This is just playing right into their hands.

  114. Agree with Neil McElroy above. Same thing happened to the Roman Empire, people had become so fat, so just wanting to be entertained (sound familiar) and so disillusioned with what Rome stood for, they would know longer fight themselves to defend her, so they had to hire mercenary troops to fight for them. Another similarity is Rome, especially the Western half was so corrupted, as is America today. Rome had troops everywhere like we do today, yet they couldn’t even defend their own borders of Italy, much like America today as well.

  115. Why does the SPLC have standing ? This group is nothing but bolshevik communists.

  116. playerdark says:

    Yes, people stay away from protesting for your rights. The antifa and BLM murderers are there in force. Better roll over since the police are not doing their job protecting your right of free assembly and free speech.
    Why not end this farce and turn America over to Connunism right away? We could all

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