Thousands of counterprotesters descended on Boston and drowned out a right-wing 'free speech' rally

Boston counter protestersGetty Images/Scott EisenThousands of counter protesters march to a planned ‘Free Speech Rally’ on Boston Common on August 19, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts.

Roughly 40,000 people descended on Boston Common on Saturday to protest a controversial right-wing “free speech” rally that had been planned.

The event came one week after violence and chaos erupted in Charlottesville, Virginia during a white nationalist rally. One woman died after an apparent white supremacist plowed his car into a crowd of counterprotesters.

In contrast, Saturday’s demonstrations in Boston remained largely peaceful, despite some skirmishes with police. Twenty-seven people were ultimately arrested, police told media.

Here’s how the day unfolded:

They held signs denouncing Nazis and white supremacists...

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...supporting Black Lives Matter...

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Rally attendees were escorted out by police

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President Donald Trump weighed in via Twitter, first calling the counterprotesters 'anti-police agitators,' then praising them for 'speaking out against bigotry and hate'


Boston Mayor Marty Walsh responded:


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