BOSTON, Mass. – Police arrested 12 anti-ICE protesters after the group blocked rush-hour traffic downtown on Thursday in order to deliver a message to Amazon, WBZ-TV reported.
Stop cooperating with federal immigration officials.
Boston authorities were called to the Amazon building, located across the Charles River via the Longfellow Bridge, when hundreds of activists marched through the streets and trespassed onto Amazon’s campus.
The massive gathering began at the New England Holocaust Memorial and ended inside Amazon’s facility. Commuters who found themselves suddenly part of the demonstration were not happy.
“It’s rush hour, there’s only one way (on the bridge). Take some other way around,” a man said in an interview with WBZ-TV.
One man couldn’t get to his wife.
“I’m trying to pick up my wife from the hospital,” he said driver as those on foot traveled faster than the vehicles on the bridge.
Another driver wasn’t bothered by the fact that she’d gotten stuck.
“I mean, it inconveniences people so it gets the message out,” they said.
The group who organized the march is known as Never Again Action: Jews Against ICE. Their protest on Thursday night was specifically speaking out against Amazon for its contracts with Immigrations and Customs Enforcement.
— WBZ | CBS Boston News (@wbz) September 5, 2019
According to their Facebook page, Amazon has been working with ICE to try and sell facial recognition software that would help immigration officials better track their targets.
Police became irritated with the group after they repeatedly refused to share their route information with public safety officials, causing a much bigger issue with traffic.
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The group was also calling out other area businesses, strongly advising them to cut any ties they had with the federal law enforcement group.
During the march, protesters chanted, sang songs and held signs. After sitting inside the Amazon building and reportedly refusing to clear out of the private property, a total of 12 people were arrested.
But those ‘activists’ who went to jail probably don’t have much to worry about. After all, two prominent congresswomen have vowed to raise money to cover the legal funds of those who have been breaking the law. But as long as their political views were in the ‘right place’, the law doesn’t really matter, does it?
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the freshman congresswoman from New York City, along with another member of “The Squad”, have vowed to raise money to help pay the legal fees of protesters who were arrested at Boston’s ‘Straight Pride Parade’ last weekend.
Nine of the people who were arrested for their actions at the parade were accused of assaulting police officers.
AOC and Rep. Ayanna Pressley both tweeted out a link to the Solidarity Against Hate Legal Defense Fund this week, which has raised approximately $25,000 for bail and additional legal fees for the protesters arrested at Saturday’s event.
One way to support the local LGBTQ community impacted by Boston’s white supremacist parade?
Contribute to the Bail Fund for the activists who put themselves on the line protecting the Boston community:https://t.co/z2NRSqHMve
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) September 1, 2019
The congresswomen called the event a ‘white supremacist parade’ and an ‘#LGBT hate march’.
“One way to support the local LGBTQ community impacted by Boston’s white supremacist parade?” Ocasio-Cortez posted on Twitter along with a link to the crowdfunding site. “Contribute to the Bail Fund for the activists who put themselves on the line protecting the Boston community.”
Roughly 200 people got together to march in the ‘Straight Pride Parade’ in Boston on Saturday, Fox reported. The goal of the event organizers, Super Happy Fun America, was reportedly to celebrate traditional family values and ‘defend heterosexuality’.
The event boasted an overwhelming number of protesters, who lined the streets of the city to voice their outrage over the gathering. Among the group were a number of Antifa members, the far-left group largely known for their violent clashes with free speech groups in cities like Portland, Oregon.
Three dozen people were arrested at Boston Straight Pride Parade Saturday. They assaulted cops, carried weapons including razor blades. One member of the hard-left Antifa while wearing a mask said violence is necessary to shut up Straight Pride organizers. https://t.co/3mTrZUo69Q pic.twitter.com/Wb2lEmGiIz
— Adam Milstein (@AdamMilstein) September 3, 2019
The Boston Herald spoke with a protester.
“We’re covered in black so when we attack these guys we can’t be prosecuted,” Jon Crowley, a self-identified Antifa member said at Saturday’s parade. He said that violence is the only way properly deal with the “Straight Pride” marchers.
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“They are fascists, 100 percent. How else are you going to get them to shut up?”
36 protesters were arrested during the parade. Police say that the charges ranged from disorderly conduct and resisting arrest to assault and battery on a police officer.
Multiple videos posted to Twitter showed the vast number of protesters. At one point, police had to deploy pepper spray into a crowd that would not move back.
Boston Police Department spraying pepper spray into the crowd of protestors of the Straight Pride Parade #boston #straightpride #cityhall #pepperspray #protests #policebrutality pic.twitter.com/TLTIbdcu2A
— Lizzie Heintz (@lizzieheintz) August 31, 2019
Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins asked a judge to dismiss nearly every pending charge against those who were arrested.
The judge denied nearly every request.
By compelling arraignment in every case, the judge punished the exercise of individuals’ First Amendment right to protest.https://t.co/bnaMcoM8uP
— DA Rachael Rollins (@DARollins) September 4, 2019
The Boston Police Union applauded that decision, saying that many of these instigators traveled to the city to stoke the fire.
“We think these offenders that are here, most of them outside the city of Boston, not residents here, came here as agitators, here for a specific reason, here to create havoc,” Boston Police Patrolmen’s Association spokesman Larry Calderone said.
A number of state and federal leaders have made calls for the FBI to declare Antifa a domestic terror organization and demand that protesters take of their masks.
“It is time, federal, state, and local to make it illegal to cover your faces in public events and demonstrations,” said Massachusetts State Senator Dean Tran. “A danger to public safety and our police officers. No one or group is above the law.”