Boston Mayor Fires #BlackLivesMatter Activist After Highway Barrel Protest
Far left #BlackLivesMatter Protesters shut down Interstate 93 in Boston last week during rush hour, putting the public safety of other people at risk.
Nelli Ruotsalainen, a part-time youth communication specialist for the Boston Centers for Youth and Families, was fired after her arrest.
The Boston Herald reported:
Mayor Martin J. Walsh has fired a 25-year-old city youth worker after learning the Roxbury woman was among 11 protesters who chained themselves to 1,200-pound, concrete-filled barrels in Milton on Thursday, snarling morning rush-hour traffic and stalling at least two ambulances, the Herald has learned.
“As mayor, you have to make tough, difficult decisions. This is not a difficult decision,” Walsh said. “This was not based on the fact of this woman protesting. It was based on the fact of putting the public safety of other people at risk.”
Nelli Ruotsalainen, a part-time youth communication specialist for the Boston Centers for Youth and Families, was noncooperative and “pled the Fifth” at her City Hall hearing yesterday, after which a Labor Relations committee recommended she be terminated, according to city officials.
Walsh said he fully supports the right to demonstrate but these protesters crossed the line — and endangered and disrupted people’s lives. The mayor said he was particularly upset that the protesters jeopardized the life of an 83-year-old car crash victim whose ambulance had to be rerouted from Boston Medical Center to a Brockton hospital.
“You can’t put people in harm’s way like that,” he said.
A separate group of 18 protesters blocked traffic by creating a “human chain” of bodies linked together with pipes, ropes and chains on I-93 in Medford. All 29 protesters were arrested and arraigned Thursday.
A press release they sent out claimed that while none are African-American, they were supporting Black Lives Matter.
Nelli Routsalainen’s resume reads like the Who’s Who of Liberalism.