With tens of thousands of people expected to converge on Boston Common for demonstrations on Saturday, city officials are taking steps to ensure public safety. These include a road closure, a ban on bringing several items to the Common and several other safety precautions.
When and where
Road closures, parking bans for Saturday protests in Boston
One group has a permit for Saturday to hold what it calls a “Free Speech Rally” on the Common at noon and an organizer said earlier this week they expect up to 1,000 people. Another group, which expects 20,000 or more people, is planning a “Racial Justice Solidarity March” from the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center to the Common.
Do not bring
The permit for Saturday’s event on Boston Common comes with severe restrictions, including a ban on backpacks, sticks and anything that could be used as a weapon.
Heavy police presence
Boston Police Department Commissioner William Evans said more than 500 Boston police officers on bikes, foot and undercover will be at the protests, with more officers available if necessary. Gov. Charlie Baker said 200 state troopers would also be available.
The commissioner described his plan as the “soft approach,” meaning that the officers will not initially be equipped with gear like helmets and sticks.
You will be on camera
New security cameras were installed on Boston Common Friday morning, including at the bandstand. Evans also said that some officers will be equipped with roaming cameras.
There will be rolling street closures as marchers make their way from Roxbury to Boston Common. Affected streets will include:
Tremont Street, from Malcolm X Boulevard to Charles Street
Charles Street South and Charles Street near the Boston Common
Feeder streets into Tremont Street
Streets closed to parking include:
Beacon Street: South side (Boston Common, Public Garden side)
Arlington Street to Park Street: Boylston StreetNorth side, Public Garden side, from Arlington Street to Charles Street
Charles Street South: Both sides, from Tremont Street to Boylston Street
Charles Street: Both sides, from Boylston Street to Beacon Street
Columbus Avenue: Both sides, from Coventry Street to Camden Street
Malcolm X Boulevard: Both sides, from Shawmut Avenue to Tremont Street
Park Street: Both sides, from Beacon Street to Tremont Street
Tremont Street: Both sides, from Malcolm X Boulevard to Charles Street South
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