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Thousands March in Boston in Dueling Protests
More than 40,000 protesters descended on downtown Boston demonstrating against bigotry and racism a week after violence in Charlottesville.
The protesters gathered ahead of a scheduled, so-called "Free Speech Rally," which had ties to last week's white nationalist Virginia rally, that was set to take place on Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017, in downtown Boston, Massachusetts.
As the Boston Common began to fill, many were concerned that the protests would turn into riots, but by the time the poorly attended rally began, counter-protests far outnumbered the event.
Protesters and police scuffle.
Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and Commissioner William Evans said that “99.9 percent” of those in attendance were there to “fight bigotry and hate,” with no serious injuries, no significant property damage to the city. Everything, he said, went according to plan.