The “Free Jahar” movement was out in full force Wednesday for the court appearance of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, with dozens of supporters who believe he is innocent of terrorism charges.
“Give Dzhokhar back his life,” one protester shouted outside the Moakley Courthouse in Boston, hours before the 19-year-old Tsarnaev was set to appear in federal court for his arraignment.
A group of “Free Jahar” supporters clashed with one man who was visibly angry that anyone would back the Boston bombing suspect.
“You guys are a bunch of s**mbags,” the man says as captured by My Fox Boston cameras. “You should be embarrassed. You’re a bunch of pieces of s***.”
A “Free Jahar” supporter, who clearly believed that Tsarnaev and his late 26-year-old brother Tamerlan were not behind the bombings, shot back, “If you really cared about the victims you would be more interested in the truth.”
Supporters of Dzhokhar came from as far away as Washington state to Boston so they could attend his arraignment. They believe the Boston bombing was a so-called “false flag operation” and that the Tsarnaevs didn’t commit the attack.
Sean Kelly of Boston television station WCVB posted the following photo on Twitter of a Tsarnaev supporter wearing a T-shirt with the phrases “free the lion” and “July 10” along with an image of Dzhokhar:
Tsarnaev is facing terrorism charges for the April 15 bombing at the finish line of the Boston Marathon that killed three people and wounded more than 200 others. He also faces charges for the murder of an MIT police officer, who was shot and killed during a manhunt for the Tsarnaev brothers.
Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, died in a firefight with authorities April 19. Dzokhar escaped but was captured later in the day while hiding out in a boat in the backyard of a home in nearby Watertown, Mass.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is scheduled to be arraigned around 3:30 p.m. EDT in Boston federal court. The appearance would be the first time he will come face-to-face with victims of the Boston bombing and their families.