Masked men chanting the name of a neo-Nazi group demonstrate outside the JP venue hosting the drag queen story hour
A group of masked men chanting the name of a neo-Nazi group demonstrated Saturday morning outside a historic Jamaica Plain mansion where families had gathered for an hour of children’s drag queen storytelling, witnesses said.
Diane W. Spears, chair of the board of Loring Greenough House, which hosted the drag queen’s story time, said the event was over and almost everyone in attendance had left when the masked men gathered outside the venue and began protesting.
The men shouted NSC-131, she said, and made other remarks. NSC-131 is short for Nationalist Social Club 131, which the Southern Poverty Law Center last year classified as a neo-Nazi group.
The men displayed a banner that read “PEDO SCUM OFF OUR STREETS”. They attempted to hang the banner on the iron fence surrounding the mansion, but Spears said officials from Loring Greenough House stopped them.
“These guys who came didn’t know anything about us. They didn’t care in my opinion,” she said. “They had these face masks to hide their identity. People who are like that are hard to respect.
Suffolk District Attorney Kevin Hayden released a statement early Saturday afternoon denouncing the Jamaica Plain protesters and calling them white supremacists.
“It’s clear that Boston is a turning point in the hate crusade launched five years ago in Charlottesville,” he said. “The presence of white supremacists at a Jamaica Plain book reading today, like their march from downtown Boston earlier this month, is both a disgrace and a warning. Society everywhere is targeted by these groups, and society everywhere must reject them.
Boston police spokespersons said Saturday afternoon they had no information to release on any arrests or protests, although photographs from the neighborhood show officers at the scene. On July 2, about 100 members of the white supremacist group Patriot Front marched through downtown Boston, catching area law enforcement by surprise.
Spears said officers from District E-13 in Jamaica Plain gave Loring Greenough House advance notice that protesters might target story time, and so the venue rescheduled the event to Saturday morning and the held inside. Officers were positioned around the property before the event began, she said.
“They knew what they were doing,” Spears said of the police response. “I was very impressed because it could have ended in fights or physical injuries.”