By: Earnest Jones | 11-18-2017 | News
Photo credit: Paul Burton | WBZ

Boston‘Free Speech Rally’ Returns: Several Arrests Made

On the 20th of August the Boston Free Speech had a low turnout, something that John Medlar, who said he was the organizer for Boston Free Speech, blamed on Mayor Marty Walsh.

It seems that the protesters have decided to revamp their efforts by organizing another protest that left several of them arrested.

The free speech advocates whose rally on Boston Common last summer drew unruly counter-protesters regrouped there on Saturday.

The Resist Marxism, conservative groups and Boston Free Speech showed up on the Common although they had been denied permits that they sought from the city.

The organizers have not yet learned from last August’s occurrence as they went ahead and planned the “Rally for the Republic” event after angry counter-protesters overwhelmed a similar rally.

The event has attracted a heavy Boston Police presence; barriers are separating protesters and counter-protesters near the Parkman Bandstand, where speakers are positioned. The exact number of the people that have been arrested remains unclear.

A report released by Boston Mayor Marty Walsh revealed that the city asked the rally organizers to move the event to Sunday due to a road race in Boston on Saturday, but the group declined.

White supremacy has been repeatedly and publicly denounced by Resist, however, the August rally came shortly after deadly violence erupted in Charlottesville, Virginia, and it drew thousands who said they feared white nationalists might make storm the event. The event saw 30 protesters arrested while others clashed with the authorities.


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