Protests Break Out At Boston City Council Inauguration

Photo: Boston Mayor's Office

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — The Boston City Council inauguration on Monday was punctuated by loud demonstrations from anti-vaccine and anti-mask mandate protestors.

The event, held outside, was held to swear in the returning and new members of the 13-member Boston City Council. Five new members joined the council: At-Large members Ruthzee Louijeune and Erin Murphy, District 4 Councilor Brian Worrell, Kendra Hicks of District 6, and District 7's Tania Fernandes Anderson.

Mayor Michelle Wu, who performed the swearing-in, praised each of the new members individually for their potential contributions to the council and city.

Throughout the 23-minute-long ceremony, chants of "No Vax Mandates" and "Shame On Wu," from protestors that filled the front of City Hall could be audibly heard along with sirens, at many times drowning out the speakers.

Mayor Wu said after the ceremony that protests won't dissuade her from putting in place her vaccination mandate for indoor recreation this month.

"This is a moment of tremendous consequence, and its clear that vaccinations save lives...whatever misinformation or headwinds that we might be facing, we are moving forward," she said.

Former Boston Mayor and current U.S. Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh was also at the inauguration, along with Senator Elizabeth Warren.

WBZ's Mike Macklin (@mikemacklinwbz) reports:

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