Thousands counter-protest 'free speech rally' in Boston

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Cantwell attended the rally last weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia, where violence erupted and a woman was killed by a vehicle that plowed into counterprotesters.

Police arrested 27 demonstrators at Saturday's free speech rally in Boston amidst concerns of possible violence following events in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Organizers of the rally said before it began that they just wanted to defend the freedom of speech. Police are looking tough and smart!

"Our great country has been divided for decades", he tweeted. "Sometimes protest is needed in order to heel, and heel we will!"

"I want to applaud the many protestors in Boston who are speaking out against bigotry and hate", he continued".

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Thousands of counter-protesters from the "Fight Supremacy" march walked from Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center in Roxbury to Boston Common carrying signs with messages including "Black Lives Matter" and "No Trump".

Evans said three groups of protesters turned out, the first amendment right folks, those who opposed that group and some who came to cause problems.

Hundreds of police officers were stationed throughout the park to keep the peace, and the rally and counter-protest remained largely non-violent.

They marched through the city to Boston Common, where many gathered near a bandstand abandoned early by the conservatives who had planned to deliver a series of speeches.

Some confrontations involving counter-protesters occurred, including a group that grabbed an American flag out of an elderly woman's hands, causing her to stumble and fall to the ground. By noon, police estimated there were at least 15,000 of them, with more joining throughout the day.

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He also praised local officials, including Democratic Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, for their efforts.

"The groups that are trying to instigate such violence - groups like Identity Evropa, Vanguard [America], the KKK, neo-Nazis - we completely condemn all of that", he said.

The city of Boston is bracing for a rally organized by right-wing individuals only a week after the Charlottesville "Unite the Right" rally fell into chaos.

Protesters face off with riot police escorting conservative activists following a march in Boston against a planned "free speech rally" on Boston Common, on August 19, 2017.

Although rally organizers stressed in a Facebook post that, "We are not associated with any alt-right or white supremacist groups".

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