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Protesters in Boston vocal but not violent

By Compiled by Democrat-Gazette staff from wire reports

This article was published August 20, 2017 at 4:27 a.m.

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Organizers depart a "Free Speech" rally staged by conservative activists on Boston Common, Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017, in Boston. One of the planned speakers of a conservative activist rally that appeared to end shortly after it began says the event "fell apart." Dozens of rallygoers gathered Saturday on Boston Common, but then left less than an hour after the event was getting underway. Thousands of counterprotesters had also gathered. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

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A supporter of President Donald Trump (right) argues with a counterprotester at a rally Saturday organized by conservative activists in Boston.

BOSTON -- Tens of thousands of demonstrators chanting anti-Nazi slogans crammed Boston Common and marched through Boston's streets Saturday morning, dwarfing a group that cut short its planned "free speech rally."

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A supporter of President Donald Trump (right) argues with a counterprotester at a rally Saturday organized by conservative activists in Boston.

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RBear says... August 20, 2017 at 7:57 a.m.

Yes, let's preserve and celebrates the "history" of a rebellion against the Union to protect the right to own slaves just as Germany preserves and celebrates the 3rd Reich. It was good to see counter protesters far outnumber the protesters. The message should be sent their "free speech" is not tolerated in this nation any more. We are a nation of diversity and inclusivity. It is also a shame that some counter protesters chose to react as they did. If you want to really shut these white nationalist idiots down, protest peacefully. By doing so, you highlight the hatred and aggression of these groups.
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Love trumps hate.

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gohogs17 says... August 20, 2017 at 11:41 a.m.

No violence? What does throwing rocks and bottles of urine constitute?

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mrcharles says... August 20, 2017 at 12:31 p.m.

Today section E, ADG had the famous photo SHOWING "BOTH SIDES" . You had ELIZABETH ECKFORD" brave beyound belief on one side looking so radical in trying to show the christian southern heritage humanity , an d on the other slide southern heritage monument lovers showing their side including apparently a true daughter of the confederacy in the middle , raised Christian & southern .YES Trump is right sometimes there is 2 sides.
Notice the adults & "fonzies" in the back ground. I believe the right wingers here are linear descdents of that crowd. Same old defense, they are defending against commies and other's".
Sadly these right wingers have a legislature & executive branch that promotes those fine people in the background of the famous 1957 photo.

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mitchstoner says... August 20, 2017 at 3:51 p.m.

Antifa are the unwashed, drug-addled illegitimate children of the unwashed, drug-addled trash who spit on me and called me baby-killer when I came home from Nam.

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mitchstoner says... August 20, 2017 at 3:54 p.m.

RBear, you are an ass. You are so proud we are "a nation of diversity and inclusivity," yet you are totally OK with shutting down the free speech of those you disagree with.

Tell me again, how you are so much freakin better than the "fascists" you hate.

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gohogs17 says... August 20, 2017 at 4:32 p.m.

mitch: I agree with you about the way the alt-left is taking this country. Free speech only seems to apply to the leftists. Thank you for your service.

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RBear says... August 20, 2017 at 4:46 p.m.

mitchstoner, first of all your statement is about as fallacious as they come. To even make that correlation without fact just shows how little you really understand this debate. Have you personally checked with them to see if they are the "trash" you label them with?
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Secondly, I'm guessing you must support white nationalism since you are attacking anyone who opposes it. That would also be the vast majority of Congress, the nation, and our spiritual leaders. Free speech is one thing. Diversity is another. I'm shocked you can't seem to understand the difference. BTW, you'll find service members among those counter protesting and the leadership of our nation's branches of service have also come out against the "free speech" of those representing the white nationalist movement.
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And then there's the resident troll who never really adds anything to the conversation.

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gohogs17 says... August 20, 2017 at 4:59 p.m.

rbear: I have as much right to post comments here as you do. You act as if you have exclusive rights to it. I think rational people have grown tired of your arrogant condescension and your repulsive epithets for which you have become well known.

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NoUserName says... August 20, 2017 at 4:59 p.m.

"I'm guessing you must support white nationalism since you are attacking anyone who opposes it. "
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I have YET to see any comments that could even remotely be construed as supporting white nationalism. Unfortunately, people like you equate support for these groups to speak with support for the message. A common, but misguided, way of thinking that does nothing to help the situation.
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As for protests, I have long believed that the lack of accountability of left side protesters is a big reason why the right side are now out in force. It is interesting to see that some recently took down a courthouse flag, burned it, and replaced it with a different flag. Apparently there were no arrests and no investigation. If reports are to be believed.

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DontDrinkDatKoolAid says... August 20, 2017 at 5 p.m.

mitchstoner, your observations are correct.

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