Trump applauds Boston protesters for 'speaking out against bigotry and hate'

25 August, 2017, 01:42 | Author: Chad Mckenzie
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In Boston on Saturday, police used officers on bicycles and other tactics to help enforce a gap of about 40 yards between a few dozen right-wing demonstrators and an estimated 40,000 counterprotesters.

Masses of people marched all morning long.

Scuffles broke out between some counter-protesters and police wearing riot gear after the rally ended. They carried signs that read "No Trump".

Conservative activists and leftist counterprotesters prepared for a confrontation on Boston Common that could draw thousands a week after a demonstration in Virginia turned deadly. It also says it's not affiliated with the organizers of a rally in Charlottesville last weekend that erupted into violence and left one person dead.

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Boston police arrested 27 people in protests surrounding the "Free Speech" rally, Police Commissioner William Evans said.

A majority of people arrested Saturday, 33 in total, were charged with disorderly conduct and public disorder charges. Police placed barricades around the park to prevent vehicles from entering.

Another counterprotest group is planning a separate "Stand for Solidarity" rally near the Common.

Organizers of the midday event, billed as a "Free Speech Rally", have publicly distanced themselves from the neo-Nazis, white supremacists and others who fomented violence in Charlottesville on August 12.

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One of the scheduled speakers, Kyle Chapman, claimed allegiance to a group called the "Fraternal Order of Alt-Knights", which is described by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a "new Alt-Right group of street fighters".

The counter-protesters chanted "haters go home" and "no fascists, no KKK, no racist United States of America".

The Boston event, which was planned before the violence in Charlottesville, is taking place amid a heated national debate about racism and the future of Confederate monuments.

Numerous counter-protesters carried signs and stickers bearing the image of 32-year-old Heather Heyer, who was mowed down during the counter-protest against white nationalists in Chalottesville, Virginia, last week. "We denounce the politics of supremacy and violence", the group wrote on its Facebook page.

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