Organizers say the rally is focused on free speech and they are not affiliated with the Charlottesville rally organizers in any way.
Evans also criticized the publicity surrounding the event, saying that because of "the frenzy over the last six days", the Boston rally has been portrayed "like a showdown".
But Walsh and other critics say numerous speakers invited to the rally "spew hate". McInnes, co-founder of Vice and founder of the chauvinist "Western fraternal organization" called Proud Boys, also attended the Charlottesville rally.
"We're trying to get people to stop fighting and start listening", Medlar said. But some believe the controversial speakers advertised on their flyer, who have since dropped out, say otherwise.
"The children of our city are watching", Mayor Marty Walsh said.
The police have no reason to not accept claims by organizers that they oppose violence and the openly racist and militaristic tactics employed by neo-Nazis and Ku Klux Klan members last weekend in Virginia, but the Boston cops are under no illusions about the potential for violent confrontations.
Organizers of the Saturday rally, including 23-year-old Framingham University student John Medlar, say the "Boston Free Speech" group is exclusively focused on highlighting each person's right to the first amendment. A woman was killed at that event when a man said to have neo-Nazi sympathies crashed his auto into a crowd of counter-protesters, injuring another 19 people.
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"As we have seen with the events in Charlottesville and around the country, white nationalists are emboldened by the current political administration and growing police state", organizers wrote on Facebook.
The permit granted Wednesday is for 100 people and a two-hour rally from noon until 2 p.m., with a two-hour setup and an hour-long breakdown time.
Medlar said that as of Wednesday morning, four speakers are scheduled to speak at the Saturday rally, including Republican U.S. Senate candidate Shiva Ayyadurai.
"I hope anyone who protests and is marching is doing it for the right reason", Evans said, though conceding, "unfortunately, I think there's going to be a few troublemakers here". "If they do show up, we will separate them from us".
Evans said no sticks or "anything that can be used as a weapon" will be allowed.
But, frankly, police are just as anxious about so-called antifascist activists who believe they have an obligation to attack people they consider white supremacists.
People have a right to say such pap, as much as you and I have the right to ignore it.
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