Refuse Fascism holds rally in Boston Common

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Refuse Fascism holds rally in Boston Common

Many protesters carried these picket signs through Boston Common during the rally. Rachel Vin / Sagamore Staff

Many protesters carried these picket signs through Boston Common during the rally. Rachel Vin / Sagamore Staff

Many protesters carried these picket signs through Boston Common during the rally. Rachel Vin / Sagamore Staff

Many protesters carried these picket signs through Boston Common during the rally. Rachel Vin / Sagamore Staff

Rachel Vin, Opinions Writing Editor

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On Saturday, Nov. 4th, the organization Refuse Fascism held a demonstration in Boston Common as part of a larger series of national protests. Above the crowd on the Parkman Bandstand, the organizers of the event led chants against the Trump administration. Signs against the “Trump/Pence regime” were draped across the platform. On the central sign, hanging between two pillars, was a handwritten message: “NOV. 4 – IT BEGINS.”

Likely due to the prior rumors that these events would be radical and violent, the demonstration was small and mellow. The gathering of was only a few dozen people; however there was another group to protest against the demonstration itself. This created tension in the crowd, and a significant altercation occurred when a conservative woman began yelling at a masked anti-fascist demonstrator who identified himself as security for the event.

According to the woman, the conflict started when she engaged with the masked-demonstrator who made a statement defending pedophilia. When the demonstrator accused her of disrupting the demonstration, she deflected the accusation with a retort about kneeling during the national anthem. In response to hearing this, the masked demonstrator knelt and gave her the middle finger.

The event garnered several counter-protesters. Three teenagers clad in #MENINIST t-shirts and Trump pins spoke to why they opposed the rally, contending that a protest to remove Trump from office seemed futile and childlike.

Among the people in support of the rally was Milan Kohout, a Czech artist and activist and presidential candidate for the 2018 Czech Republic elections.

“Capitalism generates fascism”: Milan Kohout attending the Refuse Fascism protest, homemade sign in hand. (Rachel Vin / Sagamore Staff)

In the video below, Kohout expresses the deep political concerns that brought him to the protest.

By and large, the rally was a microcosm of our current political environment. The attendees of various motivations were passionate and vocal; fervidly convinced that their opposition was in the wrong and prepared to fight against them.

 

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