Altercation breaks out at Patriot Front hate group march

Dozens of people appearing to be part of Patriot Front, a designated hate group, gathered in Boston and marched through popular parts of the city.The group was seen marching along the Freedom Trail on Saturday, concealing their faces while wearing shirts that read: “Reclaim America.” People in that group were also carrying shields and flags.Boston City Councilor Ed Flynn said people who appear to be affiliated with Patriot Front, a white nationalist group, have shown up in the city at least a half dozen times over the last several months.”They tend to do kind of formal marches in major American cities at special events. We’re in the Fourth of July weekend. It is not surprising to me that they were in Boston,” said Thomas Lecaque, a history professor at Grand View University.Video also showed the group at the Back Bay MBTA Station, where its demonstration turned violent at one point.Boston police said they responded to the intersection of Dartmouth and Stuart streets at about 1:25 p.m., where a Black man told police that he was assaulted by members of the group after he asked them to stop and they pushed back. Police said that man suffered cuts to his head, eyebrow and one of his fingers. He was transported to Boston Medical Center to be treated.”I think that type of incident should be fully investigated,” said Boston City Councilor Ed Flynn. “Also, civil rights violations should be included in that, as well. This group is clearly trying to provoke a reaction from residents, and trying to hurt and divide this city.”No arrests have been made in connection with that altercation, but Boston police confirmed they are investigating the incident as a possible civil rights violation. Flynn said he is also calling upon the Boston Human Rights Commission to investigate the incident.Boston Mayor Michelle Wu tweeted the following message via Twitter on Saturday: “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.”Last month, 31 people believed to be affiliated with Patriot Front were arrested in Idaho because police said they attempted to create a riot at a Pride parade in the city of Coeur d’Alene.

Dozens of people appearing to be part of Patriot Front, a designated hate group, gathered in Boston and marched through popular parts of the city.

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The group was seen marching along the Freedom Trail on Saturday, concealing their faces while wearing shirts that read: “Reclaim America.” People in that group were also carrying shields and flags.

Boston City Councilor Ed Flynn said people who appear to be affiliated with Patriot Front, a white nationalist group, have shown up in the city at least a half dozen times over the last several months.

“They tend to do kind of formal marches in major American cities at special events. We’re in the Fourth of July weekend. It is not surprising to me that they were in Boston,” said Thomas Lecaque, a history professor at Grand View University.

Video also showed the group at the Back Bay MBTA Station, where its demonstration turned violent at one point.

Boston police said they responded to the intersection of Dartmouth and Stuart streets at about 1:25 p.m., where a Black man told police that he was assaulted by members of the group after he asked them to stop and they pushed back. Police said that man suffered cuts to his head, eyebrow and one of his fingers. He was transported to Boston Medical Center to be treated.

“I think that type of incident should be fully investigated,” said Boston City Councilor Ed Flynn. “Also, civil rights violations should be included in that, as well. This group is clearly trying to provoke a reaction from residents, and trying to hurt and divide this city.”

No arrests have been made in connection with that altercation, but Boston police confirmed they are investigating the incident as a possible civil rights violation. Flynn said he is also calling upon the Boston Human Rights Commission to investigate the incident.

Boston Mayor Michelle Wu tweeted the following message via Twitter on Saturday: “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.”

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Last month, 31 people believed to be affiliated with Patriot Front were arrested in Idaho because police said they attempted to create a riot at a Pride parade in the city of Coeur d’Alene.

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