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Tensions high at Boston "free speech" rally

Saturday, August 19, 2017 - 01:53

Verbal altercations erupted and several demonstrators were arrested as thousands in Boston protest a ''Free Speech'' rally featuring right-wing speakers, with hundreds of police mobilized to prevent a recurrence of violence that left a woman dead at last week's Charlottesville rally. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Verbal altercations erupted and several demonstrators were arrested as thousands in Boston protest a "Free Speech" rally featuring right-wing speakers, with hundreds of police mobilized to prevent a recurrence of violence that left a woman dead at last week's Charlottesville rally. Verbal altercations broke out between rival protesters, with supporters of President Donald Trump surrounded and shouted down in several instances. Riot police scuffled with protesters and several arrests were made as the protesters marched through the city. In historic Boston Common park alone, hundreds of protesters who believe the event could become a platform for racist propaganda dwarfed the few dozen rally participants. The number of protesters was poised to swell exponentially as a march with thousands more people bore down on the park. Organizers of Saturday's rally in Boston have denounced the white supremacist message and violence of Charlottesville and said their event would be peaceful.

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Tensions high at Boston "free speech" rally

Saturday, August 19, 2017 - 01:53