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UPDATED Oct. 17: Members of the neo-Nazi group NSC-131 protested outside Gov. Maura Healey’s Arlington home on Saturday, Oct. 14, chanting anti-immigrant slogans, BostonGlobe.com has reported. State Police estimated the number at about 25.

The protesters, who wore masks and were identified by police as members of the New England-based group, chanted, “New England is ours -- the rest must go,” according to WBZ-TV, which first reported the incident.

Capt. Richard Flynn, public information officer for the Arlington Police Department, told YourArlington: "We were made aware that a protest took place. No support was requested. No arrests were made. No further information is available at this time."

Governor, State Police issue statements

He referred further inquiries to the governor’s office; YourArlington emailed a series of queries to Healey's press office, and Press Secretary Karissa Hand responded Oct. 16 with a statement from Healey:

"These Neo-Nazis and white supremacists are trying to scare people from exercising their rights and standing up to their hate. We won't tolerate it in Massachusetts. Local, state and federal law enforcement will hold accountable perpetrators of violence and those who threaten violence and will keep our communities and residents safe."

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Healey moved to Arlington at the beginning of August of this year.

In addition, Dave Procopio, director of media relations at the Massachusetts State Police, provided this statement Oct. 16:

"At approximately 8:43 p.m. on Saturday, about 25 protesters, believed to be members of NSC-131, began a protest across from Governor Healey’s residence. On-scene field personnel and the State Police Operations Watch Center closely monitored the demonstration. By approximately 9:40 p.m., the protesters departed, and no arrests were made.

Procopio did not immediately release a copy of an incident report about the episode to The Boston Globe, the newspeper's website reported, directing a Globe reporter to file a public-records request. State law gives public agencies up to 10 business days to respond to such requests.

An aide to Healey has not responded to media requests about whether the governor was home at the time.

In response to an Oct. 16 request for a police report, Flynn wrote that Arlington police filed no report.

A poster to the Arlington (email) List on Oct. 16 wrote that a friend who lives on the street had stated that as many as seven cruisers were there on Saturday.

About the group

NSC-131 describes itself as a “pro-white, street-oriented fraternity dedicated to raising AUTHENTIC resistance to the enemies of our people in the New England area,” BostonGlobe.com reported.

The ADL says that NSC-131 members "espouse racism, antisemitism and intolerance via the Internet, propaganda distributions and the use of graffiti."

In recent months, The Globe reported, members of the group protested in Quincy and Woburn outside of hotels and welcome centers that have provided shelter for immigrants, drawing rebukes from local officials.

NSC-131 — the letters are short for the Nationalist Social Club — was founded in 2019 and now has some 30 to 40 members, The Globe has reported.

Its members have also targeted drag story hours and other community events, distributing Nazi literature, chanting slurs at marginalized groups and sparring with counterprotesters. At least 10 military veterans have been linked to NSC-131, according to Globe analysis of media reports, court documents, and independent research.

Healey urges housing limit due to lack of capacity

Meanwhile, in a somewhat related story, Healey on Oct. 16 said she will begin limiting by November how many additional people can be cared for by the emergency shelter system.

Frustrated by a lack of federal help in the face of an influx of migrant families, BostonGlobe.com reported, Healey recently warned that the state is unable to house more than 7,500 families, or 24,000 individuals -- a limit officials expect to hit by month’s end. By then, the state will stop adding more shelter units, Healey said, marking a sharp pivot in her administration’s response to the ballooning crisis.

“We are entering a new phase of this challenge,” Healey said at a State House news conference. “We can no longer guarantee shelter placement for families who are sent here.”


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This news summary was published Monday, Oct. 16, 2023, based on information from Arlington police and media sources, and updated the same day with a statement from the governor and State Police. It was updated  Oct. 17, 2023, with details from BostonGlobe.com about looming limitations with regard to emergency housing.