'Free speech' rally in Boston

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

There were some tense confrontations throughout the day, and 27 arrests, but Boston saw nothing like the violence that hit Charlottesville, Va.

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Thousands of people participated in demonstrations in Boston today.

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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.

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.

JOAN VENNOCHI

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/08/19/BostonGlobe.com/EditorialOpinion/Images/vennochi-3215.jpg Protesters face a tricky balance on free speech

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

The Big Picture

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

Live updates

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As crowds of counterprotestors began to dissipate, tensions seemed to ease in some areas around Boston Common Saturday afternoon.

Renée Graham

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

Adrian Walker

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

Opinion | Sandro Galea

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The national turmoil we are witnessing is not just a crisis of institutions or politics or a society at a crossroads.

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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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.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/08/18/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/Walker_081817_19securitypic_15864x.jpg ‘What unites us is always stronger than what divides us’

More than 1,700 people attended an interfaith service at Temple Israel of Boston Friday to hear messages of unity on the eve of the controversial “Boston Free Speech” rally.

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Like a lot of civically-active parents, Doyle has to balance concerns over safety with her sense of duty to raise her children to stand up for what is right.

Starts & Stops

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

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University president Vincent Price said he consulted with faculty, staff, students and alumni about the decision to remove the statue of Robert E. Lee.

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The White House has announced that President Donald Trump and the first lady have decided not to participate in events honoring recipients of this year’s Kennedy Center arts awards.

BEN VOLIN I SUNDAY FOOTBALL NOTES

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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.

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

Boston, MA - 10/11/1967: Boston Red Sox owner Tom Yawkey, left, stands with Red Sox player Reggie Smith after the Red Sox defeated the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 6 of the World Series at Fenway Park in Boston on Oct. 11, 1967. The Red Sox forced a Game 7 by winning, 8-4. (Frank O'Brien/Globe Staff) --- BGPA Reference: 170322_MJ_041

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NICK CAFARDO | SUNDAY BASEBALL NOTES

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Bill Nowlin spent six years researching and writing the book, which is due out in February.

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Tony Conigliaro and the Red Sox were scuffling as July turned to August in that magical season of 1967. Then came the pitch.

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Mr. Finkelstein’s sharp, relentless attack ads helped elect dozens of conservative political candidates in the United States and abroad.

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One police officer was fatally shot Friday night in Kissimmee, Florida, while checking out a call from residents complaining of suspicious activity on the city’s north side.

Investigations

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

STAT

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