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PoliticsAOC, Pressley vow to help pay bail for counter-protesters arrested at 'Straight Pride' parade

15:55  04 september  2019
15:55  04 september  2019 Source:   foxnews.com

Heightened security in Boston for 'pro-straight parade'

Heightened security in Boston for 'pro-straight parade' Police in Boston were gearing up for possible clashes Saturday between "Straight Pride Parade" demonstrators supportive of President Donald Trump and counter-protesters who accuse them of being homophobic and extremist. 

A controversial “ straight pride ” parade in Boston on Saturday drew more than 1,000 counter - protesters and a few hundred supporters. SHFA claimed it wished to draw attention to the straight community. Yiannopoulos, who is gay and conservative, told the crowd: “Add the S to LGBTQ!”

Saturday, AOC recommended that people support counter - protesters , including Antifa, who were present at a Boston straight - pride parade . The Boston Herald reports that 36 people were arrested at the parade Saturday. Chants of hatred and disgust were tossed across police barricades between

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and fellow member of “the Squad” Rep. Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., vowed Saturday to contribute to a fund that is raising bail money for the 36 counter-protesters arrested at the “Straight Pride Parade" in Boston.

Nine of the counter-protesters arrested have been charged with assaulting police officers, the Boston Herald reported. Ocasio-Cortez and Pressley both tweeted out a link to a crowdsourcing page called The Solidarity Against Hate Legal Defense Fund, which has raised nearly $25,000 to pay bail and other legal fees of those arrested while protesting the march.

'Straight Pride' parade in Boston draws counterprotesters

'Straight Pride' parade in Boston draws counterprotesters A "Straight Pride" parade in downtown Boston on Saturday afternoon attracted counterprotesters -- and a large police presence. © Michael Dwyer/AP A transgender Trump supporter, center, marches in the Straight Pride Parade. The parade started around noon at Copley Square and moved down Boylston and Tremont streets to conclude at City Hall Plaza. Floats and signs expressed pro-military and pro-Trump sentiments, such as "Support our troops" and "Build the wall and crime will fall." A man in a jester's hat carried a sign saying "Great to be straight" as he danced down the street.

Ayanna Pressley has come out in support by forwarding the bookstores crowdfunding link on Twitter Straight Pride was organized by the group Super Happy Fun America who have been widely “As I’ve said, a “ Straight Pride ” Parade won’t overshadow the tremendous role Boston plays in the national

The " Straight Pride " parade was met with counter - protests and reportedly led to a handful of officers suffering injuries and almost three dozen arrests . Counter - protesters hit back at marchers with chants of their own. “Alt right, get off our streets Ayanna Pressley , who represents the Boston area.


“One way to support the local LGBTQ community impacted by Boston’s white supremacist parade?” Ocasio-Cortez said on Twitter, sharing a link to the fund. “Contribute to the Bail Fund for the activists who put themselves on the line protecting the Boston community.”

Ocasio-Cortez retweeted Pressley’s initial tweet about the fund. Pressley slammed the “Straight Pride” event as an “#LGBT hate march” and asked followers to join her in making a contribution to the fund.

About 200 people marched in the “Straight Pride Parade” in downtown Boston on Saturday to defend heterosexuality, the Boston Globe reported. Members of Super Happy Fun America, the group that organized the parade, were reportedly outnumbered along the parade route by thousands of protesters gathered behind police barricades near City Hall who criticized the event as homophobic.

Rep. Ocasio-Cortez slams ‘Straight Pride’ parade

Rep. Ocasio-Cortez slams ‘Straight Pride’ parade Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez rebuked Boston’s “Straight Pride” parade and its apparent lack of female participants, calling it “a ‘I-Struggle-With-Masculinity’ parade.” © Provided by Oath Inc. NEW YORK, NEW YORK - AUGUST 29: U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) speaks at a public housing town hall at a New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) residence on August 29, 2019 in the Bronx borough of New York City.

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There were reportedly 36 arrests at Straight Pride — almost all of which I believe were counterprotesters or In one confrontation with counter - protesters , a police officer pepper-sprayed several as the group And this result was anticipated, which is why a bail fund was set up in advance.

At least some of the counter-protesters were identified as Antifa, the controversial far-left group.

“We’re covered in black so when we attack these guys we can’t be prosecuted,” Jon Crowley, a self-identified Antifa member, told the Boston Herald while at Saturday’s parade. He added that he believes violence is the only way to deal with the “Straight Pride” marchers, saying: “They are fascists, 100%. How else are you going to get them to shut up?”

A Massachusetts state senator, Dean Tran, who represents Fitchburg, Mass., tweeted Monday that “It is time, federal, state, and local to make it illegal to cover your faces in public events and demonstrations. A danger to public safety and our police officers. No one or group is above the law.”


The Solidarity Against Hate Legal Defense Fund was set up on the crowdsourcing site FundRazr by Lucy Parsons Center, a nonprofit independent bookstore and community center in Boston. The page raised nearly $25,000, exceeding its initial $15,000 goal to pay for possible legal fees. The excess will go to Mass Bail Fund and Boston GLASS.

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