New York Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez posted a tweet on Saturday urging her followers to raise bail money for counter-protesters including antifa members that were arrested during the Straight Pride parade in Boston, Massachusetts, this weekend.
“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” she tweeted.
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
According to the Boston Herald, about 200 people gathered in Boston this weekend for the Straight Pride parade. The march was sponsored by the group Super Happy Fun America.
March organizer John Hugo told the Boston Herald that the event was “a celebration of heterosexual rights, which we think is just great. We think it’s fine to be straight.”
“Why is it that other people can have a pride parade and it’s considered OK, and they have about 2,000 LGBTQ events every year, but we want a few hours and they all get out and protest and give us the finger and swear at us? Give me a break,” he said, according to the Boston Herald.
But the Straight Pride parade marchers clashed with many more counter-protesters, numbering more than 1,000, many of whom identified with group antifa and shouted “Nazi scum! Some showed the straight-pride marchers with their middle fingers and yelled expletives. Many LGBTQ advocates also joined to protest, USA Today reported.
“We’re covered in black so when we attack these guys we can’t be prosecuted,” said Jon Crowley, an antifa member who told the Boston Herald that he felt violence was the only way to deal with the people marching in the parade. “They are fascists, 100%. How else are you going to get them to shut up?”
The Straight Pride parade ended with 36 arrests and 4 injured officers, the Boston Herald reported.
Boston PD has released log of arrested individuals from Saturday’s antifa counter-protest against the Straight Pride. They face an array of charges including battery of officers & assault using a dangerous weapon. Congresswomen AOC & A. Pressley expressed support for protesters. pic.twitter.com/OXAiIk2aWK
— Andy Ngo (@MrAndyNgo) September 2, 2019
According to Daily Caller, Super Happy Fun America, the organizer for the event, issued a statement in response to Ocasio-Cortez’s comment when she said that the parade was a “white supremacist parade.”
“Not sure which parade and ceremony she watched over the weekend, but of the 12 speakers on our stage, five were African American, four were women, and three were African American women. This was not intentional on our behalf, they reached out to us in support of our movement–it happened organically. If you remove the three main organizers from the lineup, the majority of speakers were African American.” the statement said.
“Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ayanna Pressley also shared a link to a bail fundraiser set up in advance of the parade, which gives people the impression that they condone illegal behavior. This is not a good example for elected officials to set, and contributes to dangers associated with free-speech and activism in general,” the statement continued.
“The only connections to racism are in the deluded minds of protesters who all repeat the same mantra against those whom they disagree with: Racist, Fascist, Nazi, etc., are what detractors fall back on when their arguments are met with logical and rational push-back. They cannot win on an intellectual level, so they resort to name-calling. Those same people must have missed the Israeli flags and African American supporters in our group,” the statement added.
Antifa groups across the United States have engaged in violence with many conservatives and journalists in general in recent years.
In 2018, an NBC News crew was attacked by antifa members in Charlottesville, Virginia, and reporter Andy Ngo was hospitalized in June after being assaulted by Antifa in Portland, Oregon, according to Daily Caller.
President Trump last month tweeted that he considered naming Antifa “orgnanization of terror,” saying “Major consideration is being given to naming ANTIFA an “ORGANIZATION OF TERROR.” Portland is being watched very closely. Hopefully the Mayor will be able to properly do his job!”