Mayor: Boston won’t welcome ‘hate groups’ seeking to rally

Massachusetts

BOSTON (AP/WPRI) — Boston Mayor Martin Walsh says the city stands with Virginia and will not welcome what he described as “hate groups” who might be thinking of holding a rally in Boston.

Walsh made his comments after the violence at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia on Saturday left one protester dead and 19 injured.

Walsh, a Democrat, said Monday that a group of far-right activists planning a Saturday rally on Boston Common has not filed for any permits from the city.

Republican Gov. Charlie Baker called the attack on those protesting the white supremacist rally in Virginia an “act of terrorism.”

Organizers of the Boston protest have dubbed it a “Boston Free Speech Rally.” On their Facebook page, they said they had nothing to do with the organizers of the Charlottesville rally.

On its Facebook page the group said, “We stand for free speech in all forms from all sides of the political spectrum.”

Activists are planning a counter rally and march on Saturday to protest the event.Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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