'Free speech' rally in Boston

Skirmishes, arrests mar mostly peaceful protests to ‘free speech’ rally

There were several scuffles throughout the day, leading to 20 arrests, but the rally and counterprotests did not attract the same level of violence seen in Charlottsville, Va.

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A counterprotester confronted a rallier, who was being escorted by officers, on Boston Common.

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A bottle struck a rallier who was being escorted by police.

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A confederate flag was set ablaze.

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Police scuffled with counterprotesters as they escorted a rallier.

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A counterprotester fell to the pavement after being struck by a police motorcycle.

A pair of Trump supporters was taunted by the crowd as they were escorted into the rally.

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A pair of Trump supporters was taunted by the crowd as they were escorted into the rally.

Thousands marched down Tremont Street during the counterprotest.

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Thousands marched down Tremont Street during the counterprotest.

A counterprotest march makes its way down Tremont Street.

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A counterprotest march makes its way down Tremont Street.

A man with the “Boston Speech Rally” is escorted from Park Square by the Boston Police Department.

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A man with the “Boston Speech Rally” is escorted from Park Square by the Boston Police Department.

Clergy march hand-in-hand down Charles Street.

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Clergy march hand-in-hand down Charles Street.

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An organizer addressed the crowd before marching to Boston Common.

Stefano Cordova draped an American flag across his shoulders.

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Stefano Cordova draped an American flag across his shoulders.

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Alan Gordon of the Healing Church blew the Shofar on Boston Common.

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A protester secured a bandana to hide his face at the Free Speech Rally on Boston Common.

John Waters sat with his sign before the rally.

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John Waters sat with his sign before the rally.

Mike Cardinal, Kip Langdon and Charlie Johnson of the Maine Transgender Network watched as people gathered at the Boston Common.

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Mike Cardinal, Kip Langdon and Charlie Johnson of the Maine Transgender Network watched as people gathered at the Boston Common.

Protesters gathered at the entrance to the “free speech” rally.

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Protesters gathered at the entrance to the “free speech” rally.

Counterprotesters marched toward the Boston Common.

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Counterprotesters marched toward the Boston Common.

A rally attendee on Boston Common.

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A rally attendee on Boston Common.

Susan Reilly held an American flag on Boston Common.

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Susan Reilly held an American flag on Boston Common.

A Boston police officer asked Susan Reilly to move to another location for safety reasons.

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A Boston police officer asked Susan Reilly to move to another location for safety reasons.

An American flag was waved over Boston Common.

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An American flag was waved over Boston Common.

Two counterprotesters held a Mexican flag in front of an American flag.

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Two counterprotesters held a Mexican flag in front of an American flag.

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Live updates

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Boston, MA- August 18, 2017: Bryan Mann, a rabbinical school student, applauds comments from Attorney General Maura Healey during the Interfaith Gathering of Unity, Love, and Strength at Temple Israel of Boston in Boston, MA on August 18, 2017. Organized by the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization, the gathering offered an opportunity to come together and send a message of unity and diversity in the face of hate. Thousands of protesters are expected to flood downtown Boston Saturday, with a pro-free speech rally on Boston Common likely surrounded by several different counter-actions. (CRAIG F. WALKER/GLOBE STAFF) section: metro reporter:

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