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Anti-Olympics groups stage protest outside mayor’s house

Protesters gathered Mayor Martin J. Walsh's house at 4 a.m. Monday morning.
Protesters gathered Mayor Martin J. Walsh's house at 4 a.m. Monday morning.(Safe Hub Collective/Black Lives Matter Boston)

Activists opposing the Boston Olympics bid staged a protest outside of Mayor Martin J. Walsh's Dorchester home early Monday morning, just hours before the private group backing the 2024 games unveiled a revised version of their proposal.

Members of Black Lives Matter Boston and the Safe Hub Collective gathered across the street from the mayor's house at 4 a.m., displaying a large banner that read "Yes Boston = No Boston 2024."

The group then read a statement demanding that the city immediately pull the bid, as the Olympics anthem played through speakers in the background.

"We wanted to make our dissent extremely visible and clear," said Meghan Clarke, a member of the Safe Hub Collective.

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In what they described as a "wake-up call" to the mayor, members said cities that have hosted the Olympics games have historically displaced residents and small businesses to make way for large venues. They said they wanted to make sure Walsh heard their arguments.

"We refuse to allow Boston to suffer the same fate," the groups said in a statement. "Mayor Walsh's continued endorsement of this bid is not only a bad idea, it is also bad leadership."

The mayor's schedule says he traveled to Colorado Sunday to attend a festival in Aspen, so he may not have been there to hear the message. His office could not immediately be reached for comment for this story.

Clarke said 20 people joined the protest, but no one was arrested.

A police officer was stationed outside Walsh's home at the time, and informed the group that he was calling additional officers to the scene, Clarke said. But the group read its statement and left before police arrived.

A Boston police spokeswoman confirmed that officers were on scene, but the "peaceful protesters" had dispersed.

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The dissent came the same day that Olympics planners made public a revised bid, which could determine the fate of the proposed Boston games.


Steve Annear can be reached at steve.annear@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @steveannear.