August 16, 2017

In wake of Virginia violence, officials leery of Saturday “free speech” rally [with video]

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Charlie Baker

Sam Doran / State House News Service

Gov. Charlie Baker said that “there is no place here for that type of hatred — period — that we saw in Virginia.”

State and city officials denounced the racial violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend and pledged to keep Boston safe during a planned rally this Saturday, while acknowledging they know very little about the event or its organizers.

With an event billed as a “free speech rally” planned for Boston Common on Saturday, Boston Mayor Martin Walsh on Monday said he discourages the organizers from coming to the city while the “emotion and the wound and the pain are very fresh” after three people died in Charlottesville.

“Don’t hand hatred a megaphone and pretend you can’t hear it,” Walsh said at a press conference on City Hall plaza surrounded by a diverse group of civic leaders. “Leaders call out hate and reject it before it becomes violence. That’s why we’re here today. That’s why this weekend myself and the governor spent nearly about 10 or 15 different phone calls talking about how do we reject hate in the commonwealth and the city of Boston.”


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One thought on “In wake of Virginia violence, officials leery of Saturday “free speech” rally [with video]

  1. How about….no hate flags, bats, knives, guns and homemade pepper spray. How about the only ones wearing body armor or carrying riot gear are police officers….If you are coming into Boston with any of that, stay on your buses.