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USBoston 'Straight Pride' parade clashes with protesters, ends with dozens of arrests; police injured: report

12:42  02 september  2019
12:42  02 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. Guarded by hundreds of Boston police officers and berated with yells of “Nazi scum”, the rightwing group made its way to Boston city hall for a

The Boston Straight Pride Parade refers to a controversial event planned by the group Super Happy Fun America ostensibly held to celebrate heterosexuals in society. The event, planned to take place in Boston , Massachusetts in late August 2019, was widely criticized as a mockery of LGBTQ Pride

A “Straight Pride” parade in Boston was met with counter-protests on Saturday and reportedly led to a handful of officers suffering injuries and almost three dozen arrests.

Boston 'Straight Pride' parade clashes with protesters, ends with dozens of arrests; police injured: report© Thomson Reuters Police protect the Straight Pride Parade in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., August 31, 2019. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

The controversial rally held in the downtown area led to a clash between Super Happy Fun America, the group that organized the parade, and protesters who criticized the event as homophobic.

The Boston Police Department said it plans to review officers’ use of force during the demonstrations, and will also look into reports of four officers who suffered non-life threatening injuries.

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Straight Pride Parade Marching Through Boston Cops, Protesters Standing By. 3.4K. 28. Protesters are on hand as well, but don't appear to be confrontational. Hell, they brought musical instruments. Still Boston police are out in force just in case tensions rise and anything goes down.

The 49th annual Boston Pride parade is planned for this Saturday. Pride President Linda DeMarco said her organization is taking no position for or against the Straight Pride A heavy police presence had to intervene between the two, and some counterprotesters threw objects including bottles of urine.

About 200 people marched in the “Straight Parade” to celebrate traditional families and defend heterosexuality, reported the Boston Globe. Marchers were reportedly outnumbered along the parade route by thousands of protesters, who gathered behind police barricades near City Hall.

Parade participants held up signs promoting pro-military and pro-Trump messages, including “Support our troops” and “Build the wall and crime will fall.” according to local FOX affiliate WDAF-TV.

Counter-protesters hit back at marchers with chants of their own.

“Alt right, get off our streets, no justice, no peace,” protesters said.  They also aimed their focus at police, reportedly chanting, “Who do you serve? Who do you protect?”

“I’m outraged by the idea that straight people need a pride parade,” parade attendee Shoshanna Ehrlich told WDAF-TV. “We are not an oppressed majority by any stretch of the imagination. This is full of hate and offensive.”

'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.

The Boston Straight Pride Parade and counter- protests are happening on Saturday, August 31 The Straight Pride Parade itself will meet from 12-4 p.m. Eastern in downtown Boston at Copley Counter- protesters have set up a crowdfunding campaign for bail money if anyone’s arrested , Mass

Straight Pride organizers said Facebook shut down their page, Super Happy Fun America. Meanwhile, the small parade and protests are underway with Milo About protests , Racioppi says Boston Mayor Marty Walsh is “busting our balls,” and has approved searches of bags at the event. “It’s Great to be

According to the event organizing group’s website, the purpose of the “Straight Pride” parade was to “achieve inclusivity and spread awareness of issues impacting straights in Greater Boston and beyond.”

The group claims it “advocates on behalf of the straight community in order to build respect.”

Milo Yiannopoulos, an openly gay right-wing political commentator and writer, was the grand marshal.

The Saturday march was also condemned by Rep. Ayanna Pressley, who represents the Boston area. The Democrat congresswoman slammed the event as a “hate march.”

“TY to the allies & accomplices who stood in the gap & laid their bodies on the line today in affront #LGBT hate march,” Pressley said in the statement Saturday. “To everyone feeling unseen & vulnerable today...we got you. Equitable outrage. Our destinies & freedoms are tied.”

On Sunday, Boston police confirmed 36 people had been arrested and charged. They are due to be arraigned in municipal court.

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“We respect the rights of individuals to protest and take part in the democratic process. However, that right never trumps acts of violence or behavior that creates a risk for other participants, bystanders, or police,” Renee Alagrin, a Suffolk District Attorney’s office spokesman, said in a statement.

“We’re reviewing each arrest and will make informed decisions based on the facts of each and the policies of this office.”

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