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White supremacist rally fizzles, overtaken by massive anti-racism march

21 Août 2017

A speaker asked white people who came to be mindful of their presence and asked them to be "buffers" between people of color and police.

Despite the group's rejection of white supremacists, ANSWER Coalition Boston, a local chapter of the Black Lives Matter movement, held a counterdemonstration, which it dubbed "Fight Supremacy", to oppose the free speech rally.

Dwarfing the rally was the largely peaceful protest march that proceeded from Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center in Roxbury, Mass., to the Common, per CNN.

"We will not be offering our platform to racism or bigotry", organizers wrote in a Facebook post earlier this week.

"As you could see by the coverage today with 27 arrests among 40,000 people, protesters and the police got along fine in Boston today", said Reid.

The counter-protestors surrounded a fenced off area permitted for use to the "free speech" demonstrators, emphasizing the difference in size between the two groups.

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The Boston Police Department deployed 500 officers throughout Boston Common to keep the peace during Saturday's protests. Police are looking tough and smart!

Protesters chanted anti-Nazi slogans and waved signs that condemned white supremacy as they marched towards the city's historic Boston Commons park amid a heavy police presence.

Organizers of the "Boston Free Speech Rally" have said their event has nothing to do with white nationalism, but many, including mayor Marty Walsh, fear there could be clashes between counter protesters and those attending the free speech rally. "And a lot of what the separatists are saying is hateful speech and there's not a place for that in our country". "Sometimes you need protest in order to heel, & we will heel, & be stronger than ever before!"

Heather Heyer, 32, of Charlottesville, died and 19 others were injured after a vehicle allegedly driven by James Alex Fields Jr. plowed a crowd in the city's downtown mall area.

Boisterous counter-protesters chased a man with a Trump campaign banner and cap, shouting and swearing at him, the AP reported.

"Smile for your exit interview on Monday", some protesters told rally attendees according to MSNBC, a reference to neo-Nazis and white supremacists who lost their jobs this week or were otherwise shamed after being called out on social media for participating in last weekend's Charlottesville violence.

White supremacist rally fizzles, overtaken by massive anti-racism march