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News :: DNC
Anti-Abortionist gets ANSWERED with scuffle.
26 Jul 2004
Modified: 12:40:10 AM
account of Boston commons rally.
The Boston Commons was the site of a pre march rally today. The Answer Coalition organized the anti-war demonstration and march that came within a stones throw of the Fleet Center. The rally was earmarked with a scuffle that ensued after Leonard Gendron, self proclaimed minister of a Church in Lawrence Mass called "The Secret Place", set up adjascent to the informational tables that represented a wide variety of dissent. Gendron set up an eight foot by six foot sign that showed a graphic image of what appeared to be a partial birth abortion. On the other side of the sign anti-gay slogans were written in large letters. Angered by the image and the rhetoric Gendron was shouting, a crowd developed around gendron.

Shouts against fascism, and Gendrons anti-abortion rhetoric developed in to loud chants led by an ANSWER megaphone.

As someone attempted to remove Gendron's sign he dove to the ground to lay on his sign. He shouted hysterically and called one woman "You daughter of the devil." ANSWER "security" surrounded him and as Gendron attempted to sweep the legs of a bystander a scuffle ensued. The scuffle was aggravated by the seemingly immediate media mele. A man who was possibly associated with Gendron phoned the police and the scuffle continued. ANSWER "security" then forcibly began to escort Gendron out of the park when the Boston Police arrived and escorted him out in a squad car.

In a short time Gendron returned to the demonstration with another anti-gay placard and continued to shout back and forth with ANSWER representatives.

The image on Gendrons sign most likely came from a web site, www.antiabortionsigns.com, that provides a slough of graphic photos of fetus parts. Trucks plastered with similar imageshave been seen driving around boston with PA systems that espouse similar or indetical rhetoric. Gendron appeared to desire to disrupt the demonstration with his signs and was accomadated to the fullest extent. It also appeared that he was trying instigate physical conflict, which he also succeeded at.
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Re: Anti-Abortionist gets ANSWERED with scuffle.
26 Jul 2004
Fox News was promoing this in the leadup to their 11pm news. How typical.
Re: Anti-Abortionist gets ANSWERED with scuffle.
26 Jul 2004
Also, a quick Google search shows that Gendron is a well-known antigay activist, recently doing everything he can to be the loud, screaming voice to the media of being against gay marriage:
http://www.google.com/search?sourceid=navclient&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&q=%22L
Re: Anti-Abortionist gets ANSWERED with scuffle.
26 Jul 2004
CNN is also airing this. Does anyone have video and/or photos of the encounter? Everyone is making it sound like it is the majority activists who "chased off" and "attacked" a minority activist abridging his right to free speech.
Re: Anti-Abortionist gets ANSWERED with scuffle.
26 Jul 2004
i dont mind ANSWER folks' behavior and tactics in this situation.
Re: Anti-Abortionist gets ANSWERED with scuffle.
26 Jul 2004
" As someone attempted to remove Gendron's sign"

Did he not realise he was NOT in a designated "Free Speech Area"?

Some people never learn..........
Re: Anti-Abortionist gets ANSWERED with scuffle.
26 Jul 2004
absolutely shameful. disgusting- and i mean your story of the event as well as the act itself. what happened to free speech? tolerance? diversity? communication and no hateful actions? non-violence? everyone involved should find that man and apologize in the most humble way imaginable- how can anyone coutenance silencing an opposing veiw with anger, shouts and shoving? that's what nazis do. that was a facist act, nothing less than.
Re: Anti-Abortionist gets ANSWERED with scuffle.
26 Jul 2004
The photos on the anti-abortion web site are fake.
Re: Anti-Abortionist gets ANSWERED with scuffle.
26 Jul 2004
I saw it too. There was another guy too on the news who was some sort of white power nazi skinhead.
Re: Anti-Abortionist gets ANSWERED with scuffle.
26 Jul 2004
ANSWER "security"? really... and when is "ANSWER security" going to start turning against any other protestors they can't control? keeps your eyes on these stalinist dupes this week, my friends...
Re: Anti-Abortionist gets ANSWERED with scuffle.
26 Jul 2004
Way to model right to free speech, guys.

Even after he left, seeing protestors trample his signs was a really clear indication that you don't believe in free speech either, unless it follows your party line. Thanks for nothing.
Re: Anti-Abortionist gets ANSWERED with scuffle.
26 Jul 2004
Typical behavior of Boston white "liberals". Boston has a well-deserved reputation of being bigots and intolerance. Statements such as "white liberals are more racist than the KKK" are backed up by the behavior of Bostonians.

The main thing most non-racists associate with Boston is the image of a gang of white supremacists stabbing a Black pedestrian with the american flag. Fitting that they would use the flag as a weapon because it's a symbol of hate and oppression.

Boston's intolerance of the perfectly valid viewpoint that abortion is not a good thing, is typical behavior of liberals. Abortion is racist. Margaret Sanger, founder of Planned Parenthood, was a Nazi white supremacist. Most white liberals support the abortion of nonwhites while encouraging whites to breed like rabbits.

There are also a lot of valid arguments against same-sex marriage.

Too bad the Boston police are liberals and bash anyone who opposes the racist, white liberal, pro-Sanger, feminist, Zionist, anti-Arab viewpoints.
Re: Anti-Abortionist gets ANSWERED with scuffle.
26 Jul 2004
re: Anti-Boston... go fuck yourself..

but ANSWER also SUCKS...
Re: Anti-Abortionist gets ANSWERED with scuffle.
26 Jul 2004
How come no credit has been given to the Spartacist League? They were the ones who started the riot. They provided the megaphone that drew a crowd of twenty agitated activists against ONE idiot. The Sparts will be bragging about this "victory" for years. I'm surprised the Sparts did not get people hurt or arrested by spontaneously whipping up that hysteria (against ONE bigot). Those Sparts sure got sound tactics -- that is, if you think riots are a good thing.
Re: Anti-Abortionist gets ANSWERED with scuffle.
26 Jul 2004
i dont mind ANSWER folks' behavior and tactics in this situation. The use of physical force to suppress views of which you do not approve is fascism.

When only those in charge have a First Ammendment right can you still call it a First Ammendment right?
Re: Anti-Abortionist gets ANSWERED with scuffle.
27 Jul 2004
I think its rather funny that these anti-war demonstrators were so quick to get into it with this individual. What happened to their mantra of peaceful negotiations? Why didn't they get the UN involved instead of acting unilaterally? I think Leonard got his point across.
Re: Anti-Abortionist gets ANSWERED with scuffle.
27 Jul 2004
I snapped two pictures of it all, but my camera isn't digital, so I can't post them yet....I was there with the crowd when the whole thing went down....I have no problem with people yelling or chanting or whatever, but the assholes involved in this are nothing less than the fascists they claim Gendron was (they were led in a chant of "No friends for fascists" by a cigarette puffing white boy on a megaphone). The skinhead dude came out of the middle of the crowd that circled up on Gendron, punching away with some other guy. I managed to muscle my way into the fascist-ridden crowd (by this point riddled with asshole media) and tried to help a middle aged woman from the "Balm Squad" (they intervene in potentially violent situations, which this was) and two other guys keep the fascist assholes from totally whooping Gendron's ass. By the time security got him out of there (having to lock arms against your "compatriots" is a shitty thing to be forced to do), there was a ton of media in the crowd, refusing to move (using the "you're not a cop" line - which resulted in one coporate media cameraman being thrown on his ass by a guy trying to open up a path through the crowd).
Once Gendron was out, the sign was ripped up by a woman, who was promptly and rightly bitched at by a group of Veterans for Peace for her fascist, cop-like actions. Several others were also laying it on heavy to the fascist assholes, and from all accounts, the majority of the people who witnessed the event found it to be a fascist-asshole event, not in line with what the majority of the folks there for the rally thought.