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Boston ‘Free Speech Rally’ draws supporters, protesters

  • Boston police detain a protestor during Boston’s ‘Free Speech Rally’ on the Boston Common Saturday. Boston police confirmed the arrests of two counter-protesters Saturday at the “Rally for the Republic” event planned by conservative groups Resist Marxism and Boston Free Speech. Mark Lorenz/The Boston Herald via AP

  • Boston police detain a protestor during Boston’s ‘Free Speech Rally’ Saturday on Boston Common. Police confirmed the arrests of two counter-protesters Saturday at the “Rally for the Republic” event planned by conservative groups Resist Marxism and Boston Free Speech. Mark Lorenz/The Boston Herald via AP

  • Protestors gather at Boston’s “Free Speech Rally” on Boston Common Saturday. Mark Lorenz/The Boston Herald via AP



Associated Press
Saturday, November 18, 2017

BOSTON (AP) — A few dozen free speech advocates have rallied peacefully on Boston Common but just like last summer’s event, they were outnumbered by counterprotesters.

The “Rally for the Republic” event was held Saturday by conservative groups Resist Marxism and Boston Free Speech, despite being denied a permit.

Rally speakers warned that free speech was under threat and accused anti-fascist and Black Lives Matter groups of being terrorist organizations.

At least 100 counterprotesters showed up to the Common. Boston police say two counterprotesters were arrested.

Resist Marxism has denounced white supremacism repeatedly and publicly. But the August rally came shortly after deadly violence erupted in Charlottesville, Virginia, and it drew thousands who said they feared white nationalists might show up anyway.

Some clashed with police, and more than 30 had been arrested.