Thousands protest against Boston "free speech" rally

Thousands protest against Boston

Cantwell attended the rally last weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia, where violence erupted and a woman was killed by a auto that plowed into counterprotesters.

A coalition of libertarians and progressives rallied on the Boston Common for the second "Boston Free Speech Rally". Police are looking tough and smart! Sometimes you need protest in order to heal, & we will heal, & be stronger than ever before!'

"Things are changing and they're going in the wrong direction", said Jane Chertoff, of Hudson, who plans to counter protest the Boston rally. 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" and burned and stomped on the American flag. "Our country will soon come together as one", Trump tweeted.

The rally that was scheduled to start at noon ended at around 1:30 p.m. Saturday afternoon (1730GMT), Boston Police Department declared on Twitter.

Boston-area Black Lives Matter co-organizer Angelina Camacho said she rejected the claims made by the "Free Speech Rally" organizers to distance themselves from the violence in Charlottesville.

Trump has faced a torrent of backlash for repeatedly blaming "both sides" for the Charlottesville violence, drawing a moral equivalency between white nationalists and those who were protesting them.

"Great job by all law enforcement officers and Boston Mayor @Marty_Walsh".

Beyond the Boston rally and march, events against white supremacy have been taking place around the country in cities including Atlanta, Dallas and New Orleans.

Mr. Trump continues to face backlash and pressure from members of his own party to condemn hate groups and white supremacists after he seemingly equated the violence of neo-Nazis with that of anti-fascist counterprotesters.

Evans increased the estimates of protesters who descended on Boston to 40,000, saying it was a "very successful day" for the city and police officers alike.

He described counter-protesters as being divided into three categories: Those who came out for the rally, those who came to protest it and those who wanted to start some trouble.