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Thousand People Protest in Boston for Protest of controversial rally

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BOSTON – Tens of thousands of counterprotesters crammed Boston Commons and marched through city streets Saturday morning in efforts to drown out the planned “free speech” rally that many feared would be attended by white-supremacist groups.
By 1 p.m., the handful of rally attendees had left the Boston Common pavillion, concluding their event without planned speeches. A victorious cheer went up among the counterprotesters, as many began to leave. Hundreds of others danced in circles and sang, “Hey hey, ho ho. White supremacy has got to go.”
Counter-protesters gathered near Boston’s Malcolm X Boulevard, chanting "Whose streets? Our streets!" and "No Trump, No KKK, No Fascist USA.” They also held signs that read: "Resist," "Black Lives Matter," and "Get the hell off my lawn, you bigots."
BOSTON — Tens of thousands of counter-protesters flooded the streets of Boston on Saturday, eclipsing a competing right-wing “free speech” rally in a display of solidarity after the deadly white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, last weekend.
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There was virtually no violence as the two groups confronted each other on Boston's streets.

Counter-protesters gathered near Boston’s Malcolm X Boulevard, chanting "Whose streets? Our streets!" and "No Trump, No KKK, No Fascist USA.” They also held signs that read: "Resist," "Black Lives Matter," and "Get the hell off my lawn, you bigots."

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The massive group of diverse demonstrators dwarfed the “Boston Free Speech Rally” in Boston Common, a downtown city park, where approximately 100 people attended.
It is estimated 40,000 people total were out for the demonstrations, officials said.
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The dueling protests, on a hot and humid day, quickly evaporated after the free speech rally, which was scheduled to begin around 10 a.m. and ended at 1:30 p.m., according to the Boston Police Department.
Counter-protest attendees told NBC News they viewed the free speech rally, taking place at the same time, as code for hate speech.
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“I think as a country you have a right to free speech,” said Boston resident Beth Chandler, “but there’s a difference to me with hateful speech and free speech. And a lot of what the separatists are saying is hateful speech and there’s not a place for that in our country.”
“I want to applaud the many protestors in Boston who are speaking out against bigotry and hate. Our country will soon come together as one!”
Mr Trump claimed the US had been “divided for decades” in another tweet that had to be reposted twice because of spelling errors that saw the President originally urge America to “heel”.
“Sometimes you need protest in order to heal, & we will heal, & be stronger than ever before!” he eventually wrote.
In the week since a suspected white supremacist killed a woman in Charlottesville after a violent rally that pitted neo-Nazis, white supremacists and members of the Ku Klux Klan against counter-protesters including anti-fascist activists, America has grappled with its ugly history of racism and how that history fits into present day.
The showdown between right-wing ralliers and the far larger group of counterprotesters in the heart of downtown Boston comes just one week after a chaotic gathering of far-right political groups — including neo-Nazis, white supremacists and Ku Klux Klan members — left dozens injured and one woman dead in Charlottesville after a reported neo-Nazi allegedly plowed his car into a crowd of counterprotesters.
"It was too soaked in sweat and wouldn't burn," said Tim Looper, who claimed he was the cousin of the man arrested. "No flames and just a bit of smoke — no more than a cigarette lit on the street."
Josie Fernandez, park superintendent for Hot Springs National Park, confirmed the individual was cited for disorderly conduct, vandalism and other charges — including damaging natural resources.



Local clergymen and the town's sole rabbi also attended the rally, opposing the racism they said has been openly expressed since last week's unrest in Virginia.
“My perspective is, what is the purpose of trying to conserve a statue?” asked Gregory Nettles, pastor of Visitors Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church. “What does brick and mortar do when there’s no change in the heart?”


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