Arkansas White Supremacists Blamed for Clash at Holocaust Ceremony in Boston

MAY 9, 2005 - Posted at 4:12 p.m. CDT

BOSTON - A white supremacist group from Arkansas is getting part of the blame for disrupting a Holocaust memorial ceremony in Boston.

White supremacists clashed with an angry crowd outside Faneuil Hall during a Sunday commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Nazi concentration camps.

Two people, both from Massachusetts, were arrested.

Ten to 15 members of the Arkansas-based group White Revolution arrived for their scheduled demonstration and were escorted by hundreds of police officers on foot, motorcycle and horseback to a designated protest area across the street.  Officers, many in riot gear, formed a barricade between the protestors and about 100 people who angrily shouted at them to leave Boston.

At one point, the crowd opposing the white supremacists surged forward, causing police to use their batons to keep them at bay.

Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, who attended the Faneuil Hall event, said he was disgusted by the presence of the white supremacists.  He said members of the Arkansas group should, "go back home where they came from and bury themselves under the rocks that they crawled out from."

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