Several groups take to Mass. statehouse for anti-hate rally

BOSTON (WHDH) - BOSTON (AP) — Attorney General Maura Healey says a hotline established by her office last week to report incidents of harassment or intimidation of minority groups in Massachusetts has already fielded about 400 calls.

Healey was among several speakers at a “No Place for Hate” rally Monday sponsored by the Anti-Defamation League and attended by several hundred people outside the Statehouse.

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh noted the city’s ethic and religious diversity. He told the crowd that while the Democratic process must be respected, they must not sit by “when hate rears its ugly head.”

Healey created the hotline in response to reports of bias-motivated threats around the country since the Nov. 8 election of Donald Trump as president, including some incidents in Massachusetts.

She said racism, sexism, homophobia and Islamophobia are all “deal-breakers.”

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