Boston, MA: Tens of Thousands Turn Out Against Far-Right ‘Free Speech’ Rally

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Boston, MA – On Saturday, August 19, thousands of Boston-area residents converged on Boston Common to show that a far-right “free speech” rally billed to include white supremacist and neo-Nazi speakers was not welcome in the city.

In a major show of unity, the diverse crowd representing many neighborhoods in this highly segregated northeastern city made it clear that white supremacy and racist messages were not acceptable.

Unicorn Riot has photos from the counter-protest and livestreams from the hours after the event. Unicorn Riot’s live feed for this event is here:

Boston White Nationalist Rally & Counter Protest

Watch our live coverage from Boston as the alt-right white nationalist rally is swarmed by thousands of anti-fascist counter-protesters. This video begins after the police have pepper sprayed the crowd, temporarily blinding one of our journalists who then had to seek medical attention. Several individuals in the crowd of anti-racists have been violently arrested.Previous stream of police attacking crowd: https://www.facebook.com/unicornriot.ninja/videos/527687400898819/Support our work here http://www.unicornriot.ninja/?page_id=211

Posted by Unicorn Riot on Saturday, August 19, 2017

As of 5PM EDT thousands of people are still around the Boston Common area, and despite occasional trolls trying to rile up crowds, overall there is virtually no openly far-right presence to be seen.

Updates will be posted to this article as they become available.


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