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Alt-right free speech event in Boston met with counterprotest

A participant of an Alt-Right organized free speech event holds a sign that says “Boston Stands For Freedom And Liberty” across from the Massachusetts State House on Nov. 18, 2017, in Boston, Mass. (Photo: Scott Eisen/Getty Images)

Alt-right free speech event in Boston met with counterprotest

A few dozen free speech advocates rallied peacefully Saturday on Boston Common but just like last summer’s event, they were outnumbered by counterprotesters.

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

Rally speakers gathered at a bandstand on the Common warned that free speech was under threat and accused antifa and Black Lives Matter groups of being terrorist organizations. White hats with the phrase “RESIST MARXISM” were thrown into the crowd, many of whom wore pro-Trump apparel, and criticized the media and left-leaning groups for labeling them as hateful.

At least 100 counterprotesters showed up.

Resist Marxism has denounced white supremacism repeatedly and publicly. But its August rally came shortly after deadly violence erupted in Charlottesville, Va., and it drew thousands who said they feared white nationalists might show up anyway. Some clashed with police, and more than 30 were arrested.

No injuries were reported at Saturday’s rally and counterprotest, and a total of three people were arrested— two for disorderly conduct and the third for assaulting a police officer. (AP)

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