Marathon rescue hero joins anti-Olympic protest

May 8, 2015
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By Rebeca Oliveira and John Ruch/Gazette Staff

Carlos Arredondo, the nationally known peace activist and Boston Marathon bombing rescue hero, has joined the protest movement against the Boston 2024 Olympic bid.

Arredondo joined NoBoston2024 protesters at an information table at the May 2 Wake Up the Earth Festival in the Southwest Corridor Park in Jamaica Plain. NoBoston2024 members marched in the Wake Up the Earth Parade and included a protester in an elephant costume dubbed “Legacy the White Elephant” in a satire of Olympic venues.

Mélida Arredondo, Carlos’s wife, told the Gazette that a friend in the public-relations business suggested that Carlos join the Boston 2024 bid effort, which recently signed on such sports stars as Larry Bird and David Ortiz. But Carlos’s sympathies rest with the Olympic opposition.

The Arredondos previously were active in the Occupy Boston and Occupy JP protest movements.

Carlos Arredondo (right) joins a protester dressed as “Legacy the White Elephant” (right) and JP resident Chris Hoeh (center) at the table for Olympic protest group NoBoston2024 at the Wake Up the Earth Festival on May 2. (Photo by Jonathan Cohn)

Carlos Arredondo (right) joins a protester dressed as “Legacy the White Elephant” (right) and JP resident Chris Hoeh (center) at the table for Olympic protest group NoBoston2024 at the Wake Up the Earth Festival on May 2. (Photo by Jonathan Cohn)

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