Activists ejected from Fenway Park after unfurling anti-ICE banner over Green Monster

Alex Reimer
August 02, 2019 - 12:32 pm

The Green Monster is becoming a hotbed for social activism.

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Anti-incarceration activists unfurled a black banner over the iconic left field wall in the second inning of the Red Sox’ loss to the Rays Thursday. The sign targeted Immigration Customs and Enforcement. “No ICE, no prisons, no more cages,” it read.

The protesters were immediately ejected from the ballpark. Fenway has a policy that prohibits signage from being hung above the Monster. The only visual permitted above the hand-operated scoreboard is the giant “MGM Resorts” advertisement. 

Boston Magazine reports the groups Deeper Than Water and Black and Pink were behind the stunt. Deeper Than Water describes itself as a “coalition of organizations dedicated to exposing the rampant human rights abuses that prisoners in the United States are subjected to.”

Democrats have blasted the Trump administration for the conditions at migrant border camps, where young children are housed in cramped conditions without regular access to soap or proper sleeper arrangements. 

Two years ago, protesters hung a banner above the Monster that read, “Racism is as American as Baseball.” They were also removed from the game.

Earlier this season, fans unfurled a massive “Trump 2020” sign at Fenway. The poster was promptly ripped down. 

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