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Clash between protesters averted

Police head off neo-Nazi march

By Russell Nichols, Globe Staff | January 15, 2006

Boston police escorted 10 members of a neo-Nazi group outside of the city limits yesterday, heading off a collision between the group and a much larger gathering of counterprotesters, officials said.

Word spread last week that a group called White Revolution had planned to protest outside the Museum of Afro-American History at 1 p.m. yesterday, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday.

The neo-Nazi group never showed up outside the African Meeting House on Beacon Hill yesterday, but about 125 people from various high schools, colleges, and community groups gathered there at 11 a.m. and marched in the rain for more than three hours chanting: ''Nazi scum go away! You can't touch MLK!"

The north side of Joy Street was closed off during the antidemonstration and police -- some on horseback -- surrounded the group with crowd-control batons, in case the scene turned violent.

''We allow the protest to go on as long as it's peaceful," said Deputy Superintendent Tom Lee of the Boston Police Department.

At about 2:45 p.m., news that the neo-Nazi protesters were at the State House spurred a continuation march to Beacon Street. The neo-Nazi group was gone, though, whisked away by Boston police, Lee said.

''It's important to confront them," said Keegan O'Brien, 16, a Wellesley High School student who had posted protest fliers. ''To say we're not intimidated."

National Park Service Protection Division officers stood watch protecting the museum's property. The museum remained open yesterday and Beverly Morgan-Welch, executive director, said the demonstration brought in more people than usual.

''It's sad, but understandable," she said of the neo-Nazis' planned protest, ''because people do not know American history. It allows people to engender hatred. It's very sad."

Darnell Williams, president/CEO of the Urban League, told Khury Petersen-Smith, a 23-year-old demonstrator who had helped lead the counterdemonstration, the counterprotesters had remained true to King's legacy.

''You won nonviolently and that's what Martin Luther King stood for," Williams said.

Russell Nichols can be reached at rnichols@globe.com. dingbat_story_end_icon.gif

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is that the full article? cause what makes them pro bush?

i mean, i'm sure they are pro a lot of weird things, but not necessarily pro bush... on a side note, they deserve praise just for being able to find their way around Boston.

I think that was a group of Cub Scouts...



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