BOSTON (CBS) – Mayor Marty Walsh sent a strong message that hate groups will not be welcome in Boston ahead of a planned “Free Speech Rally” that will reportedly take place on Boston Common next week.

The rally is slated for Saturday, though Walsh said it is being planned by a different group than that one that organized a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville that led to the death of one woman and injuries to 19 others.

Related: Protesters Rally On The Common Against Charlottesville Violence

Walsh said that “some group” is supposed to be in the city for a march, but added that no one has pulled permits with City Hall as of Sunday.

Poster for the August 19, “Free Speech Rally.” (Photo credit: WBZ-TV)

The Boston mayor said police are gathering information to see who the group is.

“We don’t need this type of hate,” said Walsh. “So my message is clear to this group. We don’t want you in Boston. We don’t want you on Boston Common. We don’t want you spewing the hate that we saw yesterday, and the loss of life.”

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh. (WBZ-TV)

Walsh said there have been similar demonstrations in the past on Boston Common.

“Very small, but it’s a bad message,” said Walsh.

Boston Police Superintendent William Gross said on Sunday that police will be developing a plan throughout the week ahead of the latest planned rally.

“We’re going to send a strong message in Boston that we protest peacefully, using our voices of logic and not the ignorance of destruction,” said Gross.

“We’re going to be working together this whole week to send a message to everyone that’s heading to Boston, those that are of the mindset of white supremacy to those who understand we’re all God’s children – we’re working together. No violence.”

Pro free-speech protesters on the Boston Common in May 2017. (WBZ-TV)

Gross said anyone engaging in violence will be arrested immediately.

Walsh said his initial reaction to President Donald Trump’s statement about the Charlottesville violence was that Trump left his comments too “open-ended.”

But Walsh said he was encouraged to see Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ decision to open a federal civil rights investigation into the Charlottesville incident.

“Let’s hope they’re consistent. I think it would be great for the President to come out today with a clearer statement, particularly about the white supremacist neo-Nazi groups,” said Walsh. “I think he needs to separate himself a little bit from them, because I think there are a lot of people putting the two together.”

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Kim Tunnicliffe reports 

Comments (26)
  1. Totally agree with Allen Blaine. You would welcome every other group from the transgenders to BLM as long as it promoted your left agenda. F*&^k Boston!

  2. J.D. Johnson says:

    Yep. This hypocrisy is ridiculous. Free speech or assembly for that matter is NOT about who this idiot mayor thinks should be allowed. Marty is a moron and the laughing stock of New England. Right now, we NEED this sort of assembly. We need the patriots to come out and show no more are we to be pushed around by liberal Marxists.

  3. Fred Ganczar says:

    Wow. Did I accidentally stumble on a Russian comments section?

    1. Fred,I’m with you and CANNOT believe these yahoos are from Boston or MA in general! FRIGHTENING!

  4. Walsh, do you intend to tell police to stand down? These groups, however much you may disagree have rights to speak. Cordon off the area then put up barricades. Keep the groups divided. Keep the police between them. Eventually everyone will go home. Done.

  5. Tammy Bright says:

    Marty Walsh is an antagonist. Free speech is not going to be stopped by him or any other leftist hate group.

  6. wow no quote from the free speech rally organizers or anyone associated with them, great job WBZ, solid journalism

  7. Paul Scheele says:

    “I’m not sure exactly who this group is, but they seem vaguely right-wing, so clearly we don’t want them here”

  8. Come on now!!???…We know Gavin McGinnis and Joe Biggs are not white supremist racists…and if you don’t know them, you’re a damn fool!

  9. Bill OBrien says:

    I do not understand why when these groups apply for permit for their rally that rules are not written down and groups from both sides, signs this understanding that NO WEAPONS/GUNS/KNIVES/BATS/CLUBS/FLAGS/SHIELDS/PEPPER SPRAY/OR ANY OTHER INSTRUMENT USED AS A WEAPON WILL BE ALLOWED AND RALLY WILL BE CANCELLED IF ANY SHOW UP.then this group should have to stay separated from each group.since violence seems to follow these groups then a Bond should be put up by both groups attending and held by City and if violence breaks out the that bond be used for police and any other needed security to break up the situation.There will always be violence at these rallies there are nut jobs that want to see fighting and destruction, so allowing these groups to get together is just plain stupid and asking for trouble.

Leave a Reply