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These items are banned on Boston Common this Saturday

FILE - In this May 3, 2017 file photo, a couple walks with a child in the Boston Common, a park surrounded by buildings in downtown Boston. A Massachusetts bill allowing construction of a skyscraper that would cast shadows on two of America’s most treasured parks, Boston Common and the neighboring Public Garden, has been signed. Gov. Charlie Baker signed the legislation Friday, July 28, 2017, clearing the way for a 775-foot (236-meter) tower on city-owned property. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)

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Boston Common, as pictured in May.

Boston police have posted a “community advisory” with large crowds expected Saturday on Boston Common for a controversial “free speech” rally and related counterprotests.

Police say a “comprehensive operational plan” is in place for Saturday, and those on the Common should anticipate “a large police presence both of uniformed and undercover officers.”

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Parking in and around the Common will be prohibited Saturday, and police “strongly urged” people visiting the park to leave backpacks, large bags, and strollers at home. “Please be advised that they may be subject to search, and there will be no storage area designated to leave the belongings,” the advisory reads.

In addition, police said the following items will be banned from the Common throughout the day:

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 Firearms, knives, weapons, sharp objects, shields, or fireworks

 Popup tents or canopies

 Cans, glass containers, pre-mixed beverages, or alcoholic beverages

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 Wagons or pull carts

 Coolers

 Drones

 Pets (excluding certified service animals)

 Grills, propane tanks, or open flames

 Bicycles

 Flag poles, bats, clubs, sticks (including signs attached to sticks)

 Any athletic equipment or other item that could be used as a weapon

Park visitors not participating in the rally or counterprotests should also take note that Frog Pond will be closed for the day.

“The Department intends to provide a safe and peaceful opportunity for people to exercise their Constitutional rights,” the police advisory concludes. “Violence or property damage of any kind will not be tolerated. Anyone engaging in illegal behavior is subject to arrest and prosecution to the fullest extent of the law.”

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