Demonstrators showed up to protest City Councilor Ricardo Arroyo — at his mother’s house, he says

"It's clear the goal isn't protest but targeted harassment and [it's] wrong."

Protesting in Boston

Demonstrators furious over Boston’s COVID-19 regulations and mandates have made a routine of their early morning protests outside the Roslindale home of Mayor Michelle Wu, turning up outside her door regularly since January.

Now protesters seem to want to give the same treatment to City Councilor Ricardo Arroyo, who is also a candidate for Suffolk County district attorney.

A small group of protesters showed up outside a home Monday morning apparently seeking to make their voices heard, only it was not Arroyo’s home: It was the residence of his 70-year-old mother, he said.

“This AM my 70 yr old mom, a retired (Boston Public Schools) teacher, had her home targeted by antivaxxers. She told them it wasn’t my home but they ignored her & kept on for hours,” Arroyo, whose family is well-known in Boston politics, wrote in a tweet on Monday afternoon.


“City Hall is open and they can protest there,” Arroyo continued. “It’s clear the goal isn’t protest but targeted harassment and [it’s] wrong.”

Boston has scaled back COVID-19 restrictions over the past month as cases dropped.

However, the protest came a week after a City Council hearing on a controversial bill filed by Wu that, if passed, would prohibit protests outside individual, specifically-targeted homes overnight and in the early morning hours between 9 p.m. and 9 a.m.

Last Wednesday, as Arroyo, chairman of the council’s Committee on Government Operations, told councilors the proposal will remain in committee, two attendees interrupted his remarks and claimed the bill is unconstitutional.

Arroyo had called the demonstrations outside Wu’s home “hateful extended attacks.”

Both people were escorted out of the council chamber by police at the order of Council President Ed Flynn.

Councilors had a mixed reception to Wu’s proposal last week, although Arroyo voiced support for the measure, according to GBH.

“We all run for office, we all put our names on ballots, we are all, I think, frankly, very comfortable engaging with constituents and see that as part of our job,” Arroyo said. “I don’t see that as the job of my neighbors, I don’t see that as the job of family members who did not do that, I don’t see that as the job of other folks who don’t hold these spaces.”


Councilors are now requesting to hear from the city’s law and police departments about outstanding questions they have regarding Wu’s bill, according to Arroyo. They have until May 2 to act on the measure.


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