'Free speech' rally in Boston

In a city with fraught racial past, a day of protest against hatred and bigotry

Throngs on Boston Common chanted — sometimes angrily, often profanely — against Nazis, racism, the KKK, and fascists.

Tens of thousands march for unity, overwhelming ‘free speech’ rally


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Call them Nazis, white supremacists or “free speech” advocates — whatever label you prefer, they were the hunted and harassed Saturday on Boston Common.

Adrian Walker

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/08/19/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/walker-10094.jpg As a ‘free speech’ rally fizzled, a march for unity triumphed

The tiny rally on Boston Common was clearly a bust. Tens of thousands of counterprotesters made an emphatic show of unity.

Cardinal O’Malley tweets praise for police, protesters

“We thank God for the courage of those who gathered at Boston Common to reaffirm that we are one nation,” O’Malley wrote.

The Big Picture

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Thousands took to the streets and parks of Boston Saturday to make their voices heard.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/08/19/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/lee_countermarch19_met-9971.jpg Resolute and ready, Boston marchers made voices heard

One week after violence in Charlottesville sparked tremors of outrage across the country, anything seemed possible to the crowds. Would there be bloodshed here, too?

Renée Graham

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/08/19/BostonGlobe.com/EditorialOpinion/Images/AftVVuEU-1010[1].jpg Boston was outraged, and was paying attention

If President Trump wants this nation united, then it’s his own odious rhetoric that may ultimately achieve that.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/08/19/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/Walker_081917_20rallyphotos_18663x.jpg ‘Free speech’ rally speakers, little heard, end event quickly

Those who study and advocate for the First Amendment were split on the city’s actions.

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Texans 27, Patriots 23

Happy returns in Patriots’ defeat

Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski, who sat out the preseason opener, returned to the field Saturday.

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New England returned Saturday to the scene of its championship victory in February.

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In Wellfleet, which received between 6 and 7 inches of rain, the weather caused a car to fall into a sinkhole as the beach eroded away.

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The police tapes, played in court earlier this month, revealed a riveting tale of a broken family and the ultimate betrayal, allegedly masterminded by a 5-foot-3 octogenarian.

Starts & Stops

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Luis Ramirez’s resumé cites data that is no longer valid.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/08/20/BostonGlobe.com/Obits/Images/170524_BS_034.jpg Comedian and civil rights activist Dick Gregory, 84, dies

Mr. Gregory, a former Plymouth resident, died Saturday in Washington.

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Dylan Smyth was a rising sophomore at Concord-Carlisle High School, the principal said in an e-mail.


//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/08/19/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/Chin081917RedSox-YankeesGM2_Spt4.jpg Revamped Yankees bullpen closes out Red Sox

David Robertson and Dellin Betances got the job done in place of the struggling Aroldis Chapman, and Chris Sale was denied his 15th win.


//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/08/20/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/Chin081917RedSox-YankeesGM2_Spt8.jpg When Chris Sale is merely good, it can be shocking

The Red Sox ace wasn’t at his best Saturday in a loss to the Yankees, but he still had nine strikeouts.


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“Quarterbacks that you think can do it, who go out on Sundays and win for you, you can’t lose them,” said Scot McCloughan.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/08/19/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/5e7c9772c5774f97a785dc563d25a453-5e7c9772c5774f97a785dc563d25a453-0.jpg Bill Belichick and his heavy-hitting practice guests

Tony La Russa and Tom Crean were guests of the Patriots coach this past week.


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If you have been a victim or witnessed a hate incident, share your information here so we can investigate.


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People across the U.S. will be able to watch Monday’s solar eclipse — but can watching it without any protection hurt your eyes?