Boston "Free Speech Rally" Concludes Without Major Incidents, 27 Arrested

In the end, fears that today's "Free Speech Rally" would devolve into another Charlottesville, proved unfounded.

Boston had braced itself with hundreds of police officers to ensure that the day didn't have the same deadly outcome of the Charlottesville protests last week.  However, opponents of the right-wing took over the rally, chanting anti-Nazi slogans and waving signs condemning white nationalism.

Boston Police Commissioner William Evans told reporters on Saturday that police had made 27 arrests for disorderly conduct, with some for assault and battery during scuffles between police and counterprotesters, even as the original conservative rallygoers had largely dispersed earlier in the day.

Dozens of conservative rallygoers had gathered on the Boston Common, but then left less than an hour after the event was getting underway as tens of thousands of counterprotesters swarmed the "free speech" rally. Thousands of demonstrators chanting anti-Nazi slogans converged Saturday morning on downtown Boston, dwarfing the smaller group of conservatives staging their own "free speech rally."

The small right-wing group who came for the rally huddled in a circle at the park as barricades fenced them off from the thousands upon thousands of counter-protesters who came to drown out their event. The conservatives left the rally around 1 p.m., shortly after their arrival. One of the planned speakers of a conservative activist rally said the event "fell apart" according to the AP.

Many of the counterprotesters remained in the area late on Saturday afternoon including a few who were among people chanting "Black Lives Matter" who burned a confederate flag.

Meanwhile, the "Free Speech Rally" organizers had issued a press release publicly distanced themselves from the white supremacists in Charlottesville on Aug. 12.

Organizers of the 'Free Speech' rally denounced the violence and racist chants of the Charlottesville 'Unite the Right' protest.

'We are a coalition of libertarians, progressives, conservatives, and independents and we welcome all individuals and organizations from any political affiliations that are willing to peaceably engage in open dialogue about the threats to, and importance of, free speech and civil liberties,' the group said on Facebook. The Boston Free Speech Coalition, which organized the event, said that it's not affiliated with the Charlottesville rally organizers in any way. 'We are not associated with any alt-right or white supremacist groups,' it said this week, insisting: 'We are strictly about free speech.'

Heading into the Saturday rally, Boston authorities and citizens were concerned that it would be another violent day and sent at least 500 police officers to man the streets to keep the peace between thousands of tense people. The police hoped to deter violence at the 'free speech' rally, which had right-wing speakers, by closing streets to avert car attacks like the deadly one carried out last week. Boston also outlawed weapons of any kind - including sticks used to hold signs - in the protest area and ordered food vendors out of Boston Common, the nation's oldest park.  

However, tensions began to arise around 12:30pm, when a group of boisterous counter-protesters were filmed chasing a man with a Trump campaign banner and cap, shouting and swearing at him. Other counter-protesters intervened and helped the man safely over a fence to where the conservative rally was to be staged. A black-clad counter-protester also grabbed an American flag out of an elderly woman's hands, and she stumbled and fell to the ground.

Some members of the Antifa group spoke out, including member Shane Terry, 22, who says she covers her face so that 'Nazis can't find me on social media'.  There are uniformed officers from all over the state along with Boston firefighters from the rapid response team standing among the crowd.

Joe Fusco, 43, from New Hampshire says the entire event is ludicrous. 'Aren't we still the United States? So the counter protests are to stop the protest? Doesn't make sense.'  Some counter-protesters did throw bottles of urine, rocks and other 'hurtful projectiles' at police.

As the counterprotest went on, president Donald Trump complimented the Boston police on Twitter for their handling of the rallies minutes before the police department tweeted asking people to stop throwing items at them. Trump tweeted Saturday afternoon, "Looks like many anti-police agitators in Boston. Police are looking tough and smart! Thank you." Trump also complimented Boston's Democratic Mayor Marty Walsh.

Trump also praised the crowd of up to 40,000 anti-fascist protesters who marched through the streets of Boston in protest against right-wing activists hosting a 'free speech' rally on Saturday.  The President tweeted: 'I want to applaud the many protesters in Boston who are speaking out against bigotry and hate. Our country will soon come together as one! 'Our great country has been divided for decades. Sometimes you need protest in order to heal, & we will heal, & be stronger than ever before!'

Trump quickly deleted two tweets that misspelled the word heal as 'heel' and an hour earlier he had tweeted to condemn 'anti-police agitators'. But the president's tone was mostly conciliatory after a week of outrage over his response to the violence in Charlottesville last weekend. 

Boston Police Department tweeted shortly after Trump's tweets that out of the thousands in attendance, several dozen people were arrested for throwing bottles of urine and rocks at the police and after some some burned a Confederate flag and pounded on the sides of a police vehicle at Boston Common.

Boston mayor Marty Walsh thanked the thousands of counterprotesters that took over the the city's streets Saturday in opposition to a conservative rally.  "I want to thank all the people that came out to there that message of love, not hate," Mayor Marty Walsh said. "To fight back on racism, to fight back on anti-Semitism, to fight back on the supremacists that were coming to our city, on the Nazis that were coming to our city"

"I want to thank everyone that came here and expressed themselves in such a positive, great manner today," he added.

Some antifa counterprotesters dressed entirely in black and wore bandannas over their faces. They chanted anti-Nazi and anti-fascism slogans, and waved signs that said: 'Make Nazis Afraid Again,' 'Love your neighbor,' 'Resist fascism' and 'Hate never made U.S. great' even as others, ironically, carried a large banner that read: 'SMASH WHITE SUPREMACY.'

Dating to 1634, Boston Common is the nation's oldest city park. The leafy downtown park is popular with locals and tourists and has been the scene of numerous rallies and protests for centuries.  Beyond the Boston rally and counter-march, protests were held on Saturday in Texas, with the Houston chapter of Black Lives Matter holding a rally to remove a 'Spirit of the Confederacy' monument from a park and civil rights activists in Dallas had a rally against white supremacy. Removing Confederate-themed or era statues has recently gained momentum in the aftermath of Charlottesville.

Comments

Mr. Universe Never One Roach Sat, 08/19/2017 - 21:10 Permalink

My question is this. How do they get away with labeling a "free speech" rally as a nazi white supremacist event? How fucking stupid are these counter protesters? Are they all sheeple or paid to be there? If they can conjure 30,000 people for a nothing burger, wait until they unleash a real false flag. It will be a real life Blue Oyster Cult concert with Cities on Flame and Hot rails to Hell, but hey, Don't Fear the Reaper.

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BeanusCountus Mr. Universe Sat, 08/19/2017 - 21:30 Permalink

Left is organizing opposition. Some paid. Under free speech rights, which is still ok in my book. What they don't understand is that the intolerance for the other side grows. Left thinks they can take control with numbers now. Doesn't understand they are inflaming the hardcore right. Tick tock, tick tock. Left hopes alt right moves first with violence, media will make them even bigger villians. Alt right doesn't care, getting pushed to limit. Gonna bust soon, lives will be lost. Left doesn't even care about soldiers dying. Good luck to fam of woman in Charlottesville. Right thinks its just playing defense. Sounds a lot like the cival war. IMHO

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Son of Loki BeanusCountus Sat, 08/19/2017 - 22:15 Permalink

These left wingers have been losig big time in the elections and even some hard core middle class white and Chinese-American folks I know have now switched to Republican after seeing the antifa and Hillary supporter hate and violence. So there's that at least.It's not that republicans are THAT great given the shit heads like McCain and Graham, but much much better then these violent thugs. The Chinese-American guy I know hwo lives in Houston's China town area said the Chinese there are tired of being beaten up and robbed by blacks. It happens quite often, evidently. So many who can vote are becoming rep if they weren't before.

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Cheka_Mate Son of Loki Sat, 08/19/2017 - 23:30 Permalink

I know an Asian American guy whose father got shot in the chest and died in Houston by a black thug while trying to run a family store.During the LA Riots, Korea town survived because of a sniper patrol on the roof tops.Asians know what's up.  They just use words like "Hug-in saram" (Dirt Person) or "Hai Ren" instead of our terms 

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Mr. Universe Son of Loki Sun, 08/20/2017 - 00:34 Permalink

There still needs to be more education to dispel the belief in a two party system. There is only one. Let's expose the voter fraud and bring back real elections (not holding my breath).What is interesting to note is look how the two sides approach things. The left is all foaming at the mouth while shouting every vile hateful thing they can think of to get into a violent frenzy. Loaded for bear they attack the police with urine, rocks, break windows and are looking for a fight. 30,000 show up because they want to feel a part of the "revolution". Ask them a question about the Federal Reserve and see the responses. All the while the paid provocateurs move in and out of the crowds instigating violence.On the other side, there are certainly a fringe of white power neo-nazi's and other violent haters, but they are few and far between. Instead, the people who still believe in our Constitution instead of politicians can see what is going on. This is a set up to bring us down, why would we want to participate in that when the deck is stacked against you? So no one showed up, not because they don't care, but because they aren't stupid. This in the end will be the difference. Life is hard, it's even harder when you are stupid -the Duke.

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Planet Israel (not verified) Mr. Universe Sun, 08/20/2017 - 06:10 Permalink

"there are certainly a fringe of white power neo-nazi's and other violent haters"

Actually we don't know the extent or their true ideals at all because they have been persecuted and denied their 1st ammendment rights.  They were not even allowed to make their speaches in Charlottesville, and its clear from the piss tossing fascist antifa that they were denied thier first ammendment rights in Boston.Richard Spencer, the lefts Nazi poster boy, is a white seperatist.  That is a far cry from white-supremicist.  So precisely which speakers in Charlottesville where calling for the gassing of inferior races?  www.dailystormer.lol is their new URL.  Note the domain "lol".  Dailystormers purpose is to ridicule the lefts sibboleths.  This is why Anglin said that the white whale deserved to die, noting that the communist-fascist left are desperate to make her into some kind of martyr.  This disprespect for their PC gods and godesses was the exuse used to shut down not only dailystormer, but access by many alternative media sources to paypal and cloudfare and other critical internet services.  All because making jokes and kicking the piss out of their holy grails is blasphemy punishable by banning.  Which is what the English aristocracy did to white english "paupers" after they had stolen their land:  sent them to America as indentured slaves. 

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NAV Mr. Universe Sun, 08/20/2017 - 01:16 Permalink

It’s almost as if Saul Alinsky is organizer of all these; it’s so expertly done. Only a fool would try to identify what happened in the Boston “rally.” It was a media event, of course, carefully and expertly planned and executed. Alinsky couldn’t have done it better. Nor Leon Trotsky. Any school boy can tell you what he learned from the event: America has become a country of hate and the citizens and even the “president” are going on record to oppose “hate.”  (The media plays Trump like a violin, of course, a knee-jerk responder to every “when-did-you stop-beating-your wife” question.) The winners in this media event performed magnificently to achieve maximum propaganda: the media and media executives, the Establishment politicians, the Wall Street executives and industry CEOs who need the favorable legislation that Establishment politicians can provide. The losers, of course, are Americans in every walk of life.(Example, if I wanted to play along and have a false flag event of my own for maximum propaganda, I would get conservative leaders together and plan a Support Trump rally in New York City.  I would know, of course, that all the city's Left Wing protesters would be there along with a large police and media presence and the mayor. You can almost write the script - the slogans, the signs and the newspaper and TV stories that would follow.)

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FixItAgainTony NAV Sun, 08/20/2017 - 15:27 Permalink

We have no political leadership, advocates, or organization. We have no counter-plan, strategy, or allies. We are just normal folks who are going to get rolled over by neo-feudal globalist posing as an intellectual-yet-idiot FreeShitArmy. That cabal will engineer a horror show of greater brutality and starvation than Mao could have imagined.

Our news sources will be disappeared on both the sending and receiving sides by internet providers deputized to selectively enforce vague hate-speech statutes. A minor guerrilla war of infrastructure sabotage will drag on for decades but that globalist boot will still be stamping a human face forever and ever.

Pray for the black plague, it will be your only chance of liberation.

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The Wizard Mr. Universe Sun, 08/20/2017 - 08:12 Permalink

The counter protesters are the haters of the founding principles of this country and the culture for which it stands. The globalists have been successful in destroying these principles with their control of the currency, media and educational system. There is no way these people have the mental capacity to carry on a logical debate over the concept of liberty and freedom.They can't stand TRUTH. Where is any discussion of truth in this diatribe? They are emotionally driven libtards.These are the city folk who voted for Hitlary. That should answer any questions if a movement is dead.

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MK13 Mr. Universe Sun, 08/20/2017 - 08:46 Permalink

You nailed it man. How is free speech rally labeled as 'neo Nazi'? It's easy, it's leftist relabeling.

Did anyone breakdown how many of 27 arrested were 'neo nazi'? My guess is none. My guess is they were leftist/antifa.

I don't agree with neo Nazi propoaganda - I'd probably be their target. But I suspect they are more endangered than Asian tiger.

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MK13 DeaconPews Sun, 08/20/2017 - 07:37 Permalink

Yup, this is left winning - in streets. If you attend the 'free speech' rally or any rally labeled 'conservative', you will risk being labeled 'racist' or 'nazi'. If you oppose statue removal, 'racist'.

The goal is to spread the same label to Trump supporters, Obamacare opponents, gun rights activists, those opposing abortion. Shunt internet traffic from breitbart, drudge, zerohegde - and ultimately shut them down.

Left and globalists are playing long term game, they don't give a damn about little short term lash back on this. Sooner or later Kamala will roll into WH and show us how tolerant left really is of 'conservatives'.

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chunga Billy the Poet Sat, 08/19/2017 - 20:28 Permalink

What I'm supposed to learn from this is; if I don't like the statue knockers, BLM and Antifa, then I'm a nazi slave owner and so is everybody like me, and we're hopelessly outnumbered.I just heard the fake news radio guy (cbs) come on and talk about this. When he described the peace loving "counter-protesters" he put a huge emphasis on THOUSANDS, practically shouting.That was funny becaue right after that they played a clip from one of these counter protesters, who sounded all learned, enlightened and fair and she said she felt "surrounded" by hate mongerers.

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