Group Wielding White Nationalist Flags March Along Boston’s Freedom Trail on July 4 Weekend; Get Into Fight With Black Man

BOSTON, MA – July 2: A fight breaks out as the white supremacist group, The Patriot Front marches thru the city of Boston on July 2, 2022 in , BOSTON, MA. (Staff Photo By Stuart Cahill/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)
BOSTON, MA – July 2: A fight breaks out as the white supremacist group, The Patriot Front marches thru the city of Boston on July 2, 2022 in , BOSTON, MA. (Staff Photo By Stuart Cahill/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)

A group of about 100 marchers identifying themselves by flyers as belonging to the white nationalist group the Patriot Front, cut through the heart of downtown Saturday sparking a confrontation.

A scanner call came in at around 12:30 p.m. announcing that a group had gone up to a rental truck parked in the area of the Haymarket MBTA station and off-loaded a number of shields and flags. Many were U.S. flags, with at least one flown upside-down and many showing just the 13 stars in a circle for the original U.S. colonies, as well as flags featuring different designs.

Many flags also had a stylized version of the symbol that represented Benito Mussolini’s National Fascist Party.

“If you truly wish for safety, you will have it. But you can take nothing else with you,” an unmasked member of the group said through a bullhorn when the marchers stopped in front of the Boston Public Library among shouts from onlookers. “Not your home, not your family, not your liberty. There you will be alone with your safety in a rotted world.”

A request for comment sent Saturday afternoon to the group’s official channel on the social media platform Gab was not returned.

One Black man was seen tangling with the group as tempers flared, the Herald observed.

The Boston Police Department received a report of one adult Black man injured in a confrontation with Patriot Front members at the corner of Dartmouth and Stuart streets at about 1:25 p.m.

The man told police that he took out his phone while walking down Dartmouth Street and found himself being pushed around by members of the group, according to BPD chief spokesman Sgt. Detective John Boyle. The man stated he was eventually knocked to the ground and assaulted, during which he suffered a laceration to his right ring finger and others to his head and eyebrow. He was taken to Tufts Medical Center. No arrests have been made yet as police are actively conducting a civil rights investigation of the incident.

Mayor Michelle Wu responded with a tweet “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.”

“The disgusting, hateful actions and words of white supremacist groups are not welcome in this city. Especially in a moment when so many of our rights are under attack, we will not normalize intimidation by bigots,” Wu said in a later statement. “This weekend as we remember Boston’s legacy as the cradle of liberty, we celebrate the continued fight to expand those liberties for all and ensure that Boston will be a city for everyone.”

The group decamped at around 1:30 p.m. at Back Bay Station, according to a Herald photographer on the ground, where they then packed their materials back into a rental truck and left on the T.

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Source: Boston Herald