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Thousands Converge At Free Speech Rally And Counterprotest

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Thousands of counter-protesters marched in Boston Saturday to demonstrate against an event billed as a celebration of free speech but slammed by critics for ties to the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, last Saturday. The original demonstration was organized by a group called Boston Free Speech, and its schedule for the day included two speakers with ties to the alt-right, one of whom marched in Charlottesville. Boston Free Speech has since distanced itself from white nationalism, pruning its speaker list and “denounc[ing] the politics of supremacy and violence.” Those changes did not deter counter-protesters — bearing signs condemning Nazism, the KKK, and all varieties of white supremacy — from turning out in vastly larger numbers on Boston Common. Police have determined to prevent violence among demonstrators; so far, there is one report of a man in a Trump hat being punched.

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