Boston’s mayor lashed the “cowardly” masked members of the white supremacist Patriot Front after a shock march Saturday alongside town’s legendary “Freedom Path” of websites that performed a historic function in America’s independence.

No less than one skirmish erupted when members of the mob appeared to pounce on a taunting Black bystander, the Boston Herald reported.

Police first realized of the occasion after midday because the mob gathered downtown, Boston NBC affiliate Channel 10 reported.

Some 100 members sporting the beige khaki pants and blue shirt uniforms of the Patriot Entrance unloaded shields and flags from a rented truck in Haymarket Sq., the Herald and CBS Boston reported. A number of the flags had been American, no less than one was an the wrong way up U.S. flag, and others appeared to function a fascist image, in line with the newspaper.

The marchers wore white bandanas protecting their faces and sun shades, obscuring their identities, and beige baseball caps. They reportedly handed out flyers on the metropolis’s Public Library saying themselves as members of the Patriot Entrance.

Mayor Michelle Wu responded on Twitter: “To the white supremacists who ran by means of downtown at the moment: Once we march, we don’t cover our faces. Your hate is as cowardly as it’s disgusting, and it goes towards all that Boston stands for.”

She later informed CBS that the “disgusting, hateful actions and phrases of white supremacist teams will not be welcome on this metropolis. Particularly in a second when so a lot of our rights are below assault, we won’t normalize intimidation by bigots.”

On a July 4th vacation weekend when “we keep in mind Boston’s legacy because the cradle of liberty, we rejoice the continued struggle to broaden these liberties for all and be sure that Boston will probably be a metropolis for everybody,” she added.

“I’m outraged and disgusted on the white supremacist group protesting at the moment in Boston,” Metropolis Council President Ed Flynn tweeted.

“It’s critical to call out hate and intimidation when we see it, educate youngsters on horrors of the previous and stand with the Jewish neighborhood, our immigrant neighbors and communities of shade.”

Final month, 31 members of the Patriot Front packed into a U-Haul rental truck with face shields and armored vests had been busted by Coeur D’Alene police in Idaho, the place they had been headed to “riot” at a downtown Satisfaction occasion, in line with officers. Amongst them was the neo-Nazi founding father of the group, 23-year-old Thomas Ryan Rousseau of Texas, who shaped the group after the lethal “Unite the Proper” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, in 2017.

The Anti-Defamation League calls the Patriot Front one of the nation’s most visible and vicious white supremacist teams, which is thought for launching “flash demonstrations” in varied communities.