Boston, MA – Around 20,000 of people participated in Boston to protest for the Free Speech Rally as they started. Earlier there was news that the alt-right also joined it. However, Antifa were in great numbers among the counter-protesters and began attacking police Saturday afternoon.
There were 50 people who attended the Free Speech Rally, none of them known to be white supremacists. Besides, no white supremacist signs were visible. Some of the people were badmouthed being neutrals. They came to see the rally.
Once when those particular 50 people at the Boston Common free speech rally delivered speeches, the police tried to disperse them and Antifa members immediately began to mob them and they also threw objects at police officers.
Boston Police Commissioner William Evans said authorities looked to avoid “a repeat of what happened in Charlottesville” at the rally last weekend, in which death of a 32-year-old counter-protester Heather Heyer was also reported who was run down by a car.
“Boston is too united. We have a city that doesn’t tolerate hatred and bigotry, and we wanted to make it clear to both groups,” Evans said.
But for some of the very serious incidents, Evans said, the day of direct action passed very smoothly as we planned, with reported injuries and arrests.
“Overall I thought we got the First Amendment people in, we got them out, no one got hurt, no one got killed,” he said.
Police captured the three suspicious people with ballistic vests and a gun, Evans said, “but we were lucky to get those three out of here and confiscate the vests.”
Evans further said around 40,000 people attended Boston Free Speech Rally on Saturday, “standing tall against hatred and bigotry in our city, and that’s a good feeling.” He added that he wished the “trouble makers stayed away,” who he said weren’t there for either the free speech side or the counterprotesters’ side, but “were here just to cause problems.”