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Free Speech Rally in Boston attracts counter-demonstrators



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Updated 18 Aug, 2018 12:57 EDT

BOSTON – A "free speech rally" in front of the Boston City Hall ended shortly after 1:00 pm and ended peacefully despite the presence of counter-demonstrators in the same area, CBS Boston reported.

Members of the free speech community said they were defending their first amendment rights when they arrived at City Hall at City Hall. They said they are not white racists.

The city did not grant them permits for their rally, but the group marched and made speeches in the government center anyway.

The Associated Press reported that Boston Free Speech organized the conservative event. Organizer John Medlar said he should provoke Internet censorship and "violent repression of public space discourse". According to a Facebook page for the event, the rally was also organized by Resist Marxism.

Boston Free Speech says on its Facebook page that it accepts people with views "from all sides of the political spectrum". Resist Marxism says on its side that it was founded to "defend the Constitution against violent extremists and the regressive left."

Stand Against Hate organizers ̵

1; Boston and Antifa also marched at City Hall Plaza on Saturday ahead of the "free speech" rally. The police positioned themselves between the two groups.

Lisa Gresci, a reporter for CBS Boston said more than 200 marched to the city hall to protest the small group of "freedom of speech" protesters. According to Gresci, protesters shouted "Blue Life" and "USA," while anti-protesters chanted slogans against the Trump administration and white supremacy.

Shortly before 1 pm, Gresci reported that the police accompanied the demonstrators of "free speech" as they left.

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