Police used pepper spray Saturday, Aug. 31 in Boston, Massachusetts to disperse counter-protesters. They accused the security forces of protecting the parade participants for the "heterosexual pride" organized in the city, and tried to prevent them from reopening a road. Incidents broke out after demonstrations by supporters of US President Donald Trump saying he wanted to "defend heterosexuality" .
While the marches, which gathered a few hundred people, ended in front of the town hall, supporters of both sides exchanged invectives sometimes throwing cups of coffee and land. Some opponents threw eggs at the security forces and one of them was arrested.
Speakers of the alt-right
But after the dispersion of the Straight Pride Parade participants, as opposed to the Gay Prides, counter-protesters accused the police of protecting "Nazis" and chanted "shame on you" , forming a human chain to prevent policemen to pass, according to a photographer Agence France-Presse. The officers used pepper spray and questioned several of them.
The president of the parade, John Hugo, 56, unhappy candidate for a Congressional seat in 2018 and a supporter of Donald Trump, assures that his parade is neither homophobic nor extremist. "There is no racist in our group," he told AFP. "You should come to our meetings, it's like the United Nations. "
On his website, his organization, titled "Super Happy Fun America," says he wants to "celebrate the diversity and culture of the hetero community , " which would constitute an "oppressed majority" in a Massachusetts-owned Democrats, the first US state to legalize same-sex marriage in 2004
But some of the speakers are figures of the "alt-right" (extreme right), as Milo Yannopoulos, guest of honor of the parade and former contributor of the news site Breitbart News .Read also In the head of Milo Yiannopoulos, "internet superméchant" and "useful soldier" of the American alt-right
"Homosexuals have been shaming me for decades ," he told AFP. As a gay man, I have been attacked by homosexuals for most of my life, and these people [the supporters of heterosexual pride] make me feel good. "
"We have an obligation to fight"
In the other camp, Rachel Domond, an organizer of the counter-demonstration, said she came "to oppose this hatred that exists here in Boston and in the country . " For her, the arrival of Donald Trump in the White House has made white supremacists now feel entitled to "say these things and say them more and more publicly . "Article reserved for our subscribers Read also «From Trump to Bolsonaro, the" angry white man "comes back»
Several anti-Trump organizations and supporters of the gay community had called to meet to show their disapproval and to block the heterosexual walk, the course of about two kilometers, authorized by the town hall.
On August 20, 2017, a local activist, Monica Cannon-Grant, organized a counter-demonstration in Boston to denounce racism and the extreme right after the violent riots in Charlottesville (Virgine), in the face of a rally that claimed to defend " freedom of expression " but was suspected of defending the extremists. Counter-demonstrators, numbering more than 40,000, were then by far the most numerous.
The "Straight Pride" message is "dangerous," Cannon-Grant told a Boston radio station this week. "We have an obligation to fight. "
Another heterosexual walk held the previous Saturday in the city of Modesto, California, had gathered a few dozen protesters and about 250 counter-protesters, according to local newspaper The Modesto Bee .