Protesters marched from Roxbury’s Nubian Square to the State House Wednesday to demonstrate against President Trump and his supporters, a protest organized long before violent extremists took over the US Capitol.
Refuse Fascism, an activist group, organized a 2 p.m. protest to coincide with the day Congress was to certify President-elect Joe Biden’s electoral college victory.
About 50 people gathered on Boston Common for that rally. By around 6 p.m., the crowd had grown to about 100 people who denounced the extremism displayed by a violent mob in Washington D.C., an organizer said.
“We need to keep getting out our message for people to understand how serious this situation is. Even if Trump and his supporters don’t win by getting the election overturned, there are still millions of people who support Trump, and this fascist movement is building,” said Scott Gilbert, an organizer for Refuse Fascism.
Gilbert, who is the son of a Holocaust survivor, sees parallels between the rise of right-wing extremism and that of German fascism under Hitler. It will take action from a broad coalition to defeat extremism, he said.
“It can’t just be us,” he said in an interview after the protest. “It has to be people from all walks of life with different political views, different causes — from women’s struggle to the climate — coming together and saying no more.”
During the march to the State House, some held signs with slogans associated with various causes such as police brutality and Black Lives Matter in addition to “Trump-Pence Out Now” and “Refuse Fascism.” They also chanted, “Trump lost, fascists get out” and “in the name of humanity, we refuse to accept a fascist America.”
Although there were helicopters circling the area, the protesters remained peaceful, with the second rally dispersing shortly after 8 p.m. Refuse Fascism plans to continue nonviolent demonstrations across the nation every day at 5 p.m. if Biden’s win is not certified by Congress , Gilbert said.
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