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Activists promise daily protests in Boston in response to violent attacks on Capitol

“We need millions of people to be in the street to stop this fascist movement.”

A sign reading "Trump Lost!" is seen as protesters gather in Nubian Square to march towards the State House on Wednesday. Jessica Rinaldi/Boston Globe

Activists plan to gather for the second evening in a row on Thursday to demonstrate against President Donald Trump and his extremist supporters, who on Wednesday attacked the U.S. Capitol.

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About 50 people gathered on Boston Common Wednesday for a 2 p.m. rally organized by the group Refuse Fascism, originally intended to coincide with Congress certifying the results of the presidential election, the Boston Globe reports. After a mob of thousands breached the Capitol, the number of people on the Common swelled to 100, with protesters demonstrating against the violence on display by Trump supporters in Washington, D.C. 

Scott Gilbert, a regional organizer for the Refuse Fascism movement, told GBH it is imperative for the public to step up. 

“We need millions of people to be in the street to stop this fascist movement,” the 67-year-old Somerville resident told the outlet. “The hardened fascists are taking over the capital. Where are the millions of people who hate this sh*t right now? They need to be in the streets.”

His co-organizer, Stan Lawrence, told GBH that Refuse Fascism is planning to hold protests in Boston and in cities around the country every day through the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden. 

“This has to be the beginning of a movement that brings people into the streets,” the 72-year-old Arlington resident said. “It was wonderful that millions of people voted to remove Trump from power. But people have to realize that you can’t put back a fascist movement by voting and then going home. You have to come out in the streets and the numbers have to grow.”

On Thursday, the group plans to gather at 5 p.m. outside South Station, according to a Facebook page for the event. 

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Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said during a Wednesday press conference that local authorities do not anticipate any violence and aren’t aware of any threats to Boston with the assault that occurred on Capitol. But officials are continuing to monitor the situation, he said. 

“We’re going to make sure people are safe,” Walsh said.

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