'Free speech' rally in Boston

A peaceful, yet pointed day of protest

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


Tens of thousands overwhelm ‘free speech’ rally

Renée Graham

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/08/19/BostonGlobe.com/EditorialOpinion/Images/AftVVuEU-1010[1].jpg On this day, Boston was about pride and not division

“Free speech” activists, greatly outnumbered, found no purchase here for their thinly-veiled hate.


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I just hope that by silencing their enemies, they don’t empower them and give them a louder megaphone than they had before.

Adrian Walker

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/08/19/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/walker-10094.jpg Boston resisted the temptation to display hatred

In effect, Saturday’s “free speech” rally became a giant peace rally.

The Big Picture

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/08/19/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/wiggs_Freespeech_16-9910.jpg Scenes from the rallies in Boston

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

Thousands of people marched down Tremont Street on Saturday.

Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff

Marchers’ message, not violence, was what stood out

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?

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/08/19/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/Walker_081917_20rallyphotos_18663x.jpg ‘Free speech’ rally ends after just 45 minutes

Rally organizers had planned for 14 speakers to participate in the two-hour-long event.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/08/20/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/05motherteresa09.jpg 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.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/08/20/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/200_boston_overnight.jpg 4 people taken to hospitals after separate incidents in Boston

Two people were in critical condition after a shooting in the Theater District, according to Boston EMS.

Pauline Chase and Maurice Temple.

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Texans 27, Patriots 23

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/08/20/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/06152448.jpg Happy returns in Patriots’ defeat

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

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/06/09/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/davis_sb1_spts.jpg The Patriots found Super Bowl confetti at NRG Stadium in Houston

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

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/08/19/BostonGlobe.com/ReceivedContent/Images/IMG_0609.jpg Heavy rain leads to flash flooding on Cape Cod

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.

Starts & Stops

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Luis Ramirez resigned from Global Power in March 2015. Two months later, the company said it had misreported its 2014 financial performance.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/08/20/BostonGlobe.com/Obits/Images/170524_BS_031.jpg Comedian and civil rights activist Dick Gregory, 84, dies

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

spotlight | part 2

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/08/18/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/spotlight1-9860-U802632296594acE--90x90@BostonGlobe.com.jpg A priest’s son takes his case directly to the Pope

He thought he was alone, being the child of a Catholic priest. He was wrong.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/08/20/BostonGlobe.com/National/Images/powerball_081917.jpg No winners for Saturday’s Powerball drawing

The estimated jackpot for the next drawing, on Wednesday, will be $650 million.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/08/20/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/1400_dylan_smyth.jpg 15-year-old struck by commuter train in Concord dies

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/2011-2020/2017/08/20/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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