Some Counter Protesters Scuffle With Police Following 'Free Speech Rally'

Marty Walsh on Saturday's rally: 'I think we'll be fine'

Boston officials ready for Saturday's 'free speech' rally, counterprotests

President Donald Trump tweeted his support for the Boston Police Department's handling of a self-described free speech rally and counterprotest march that brought thousands to the city's downtown Saturday, adding that he applauded "the many protestors in Boston who are speaking out against bigotry and hate".

A coalition leader has said as many as 1,000 people could show up at its rally on Boston Common.

The list of speakers for the free speech event changed a number of times in previous days.

Counter protesters of the Boston rally marched from Roxbury to the Boston Common when the event began, in order to stand against white supremacy.

While the free speech event has concluded, counterprotesters are still swarming Boston.

Despite this statement, opponents feared that white nationalists might show up in Boston regardless, and turned out in force against hate.

Police maintained a buffer zone between marchers and rally participants - averting major incidents except for occasional clashes and shouting matches between the counterprotesters and supporters of Trump.

The crowd chanted "No Nazis, no KKK, no fascists in the United States of America!" and carried banners with slogans such as "Stop pretending your racism is patriotism".

"No fascists" chants near entrance to #freespeechrally entrance.

The organizers of the Boston rally have said they are focused on promoting free speech and are not affiliated with the white supremacists who marched in Charlottesville.

"We are witnessing an unprecedented move towards sweeping censorship that undermines our democratic system", goes the group's message on Facebook.

Walsh later tweeted there is no place for hatred in the city. "We believe in tolerance, unity, and equality, and urge everyone to stay safe and respect our City", the advisory reads.

"I'm naïve to think we're going to have a kumbaya moment, but if we can get people to understand how wrong this hate speech is or get people to come to a neutral side or be more questioning about taking such a stance, I would take that as a win", Camacho said.

Scheduled to speak at the free speech rally, which was organized by the Boston Free Speech Coalition, were Kyle Chapman, who caused controversy online after photos emerged of him hitting anti-Trump protesters; Joe Biggs, who previously worked at the website InfoWars, run by conservative radio host Alex Jones; Republican congressional candidate Shiva Ayyadurai; and Racioppi.

"We denounce the politics of supremacy and violence", it said. A large group of counter-protesters is also expected.

That aside, one thing was clear in Boston on August 19: There were definitely way more counter protesters there. "I absolutely would not have given them a permit if I didn't have to give them a permit". Boston Police said they were still counting.

Police Commissioner William Evans said Friday that 500 officers would be deployed to separate the two groups.

Demonstrators should even avoid using sticks to hold up their posters, Evans said.

Compared to the "Free Speech Rally" - which garnered roughly 50 attendees, according to The Boston Globe - the counterprotests rapidly overtook the city.

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