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Boston Common hosted a number of protests and counter-protests during the four years of the Trump administration.
And on Wednesday evening, dozens of people gathered once more at the Parkman Bandstand to mark Trump's exit, in anger and relief, and to ask the new administration for urgent change.
The protest, billed as "No Honeymoon for Biden-Unite Against The Fascists," was organized by local groups on the political left, including the Green-Rainbow Party, the climate-change activist organization Extinction Rebellion, and the local chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America.
Nick Giannone, of Weymouth, said he was there to express his dissatisfaction with the incoming administration. Biden is "part of the ruling capitalist class," he said, and he doubts much will change.
"A lot of the rough edges of Donald Trump have been eliminated but U.S. foreign policy is still going to be vicious around the world. Police brutality is still going to be killing Black people in the U.S. and working people are still struggling," he said. "So we’re out here to make a stand and tell them we’re still going to be fighting and we’re not going away."
One of the scheduled speakers at the protest, Rev. Dr. Andre Bennett, said with Trump out of office, he finally feels like he can breathe. But he said he is speaking out to hold Biden accountable.
"It's a moment of celebration, but it's not lost on us that there's no time for honeymooning, there's no time to sit around and bask in the moment," he said.
There appeared to be no counter-protesters or Trump supporters near the Common.
After the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, many braced nationwide for further violence directed at lawmakers or government facilities. On Wednesday, police officers gathered on the other side of the park as protesters arrived.
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