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This is how big the crowds were in Boston for the rallies

Boston, MA - 8/19/17 - The congregating marchers during a march from Roxbury to the Boston Common as part of a counter-protest to a free speech rally being held there on Saturday, August 19, 2017. This day's protest occurred as part of the ongoing national outrage after protests in Charlottesville, Virginia turned deadly last weekend, primarily in opposition to what's seen as a rise in prominence and visibility of white supremacists and Neo-Nazis. (Nicholas Pfosi for The Boston Globe) Topic: 20rally photos (only)

Nicholas Pfosi for The Boston Globe

As a small group of “free speech” ralliers took their place on Boston Common’s bandstand, tens of thousands of people marched from Roxbury to the Common in a show of unity against hated and bigotry.

Between the march and other groups of counterprotesters, up to 40,000 people were estimated to be in the Boston Common area protesting the original rally, according to Boston police.

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Here are some photos and videos that capture just how large the crowds were in Boston on Saturday.

BOSTON, MA - AUGUST 19: Thousands of protesters prepare to march in Boston against a planned 'Free Speech Rally' just one week after the violent 'Unite the Right' rally in Virginia left one woman dead and dozens more injured on August 19, 2017 in Boston, United States. Although the rally organizers stress that they are not associated with any alt-right or white supremacist groups, the city of Boston and Police Commissioner William Evans are preparing for possible confrontations at the afternoon rally. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Spencer Platt/Getty Images

08/19/2017 Boston Ma- Some of the crowd at the Free Speech Rally on Boston Common. Jonathan Wiggs\Globe Staff Reporter:Topic.

Jonathan Wiggs/Globe Staff

BOSTON, MA - AUGUST 19: Thousands of counter protesters marching to a planned 'Free Speech Rally' on Boston Common on August 19, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. Thousands of demonstrators and counter-protestors are expected at Boston Common where the Boston Free Speech Rally is being held. (Photo by Scott Eisen/Getty Images)

Scott Eisen/Getty Images

BOSTON, MA - AUGUST 19: Thousands of counter protesters march to a planned 'Free Speech Rally' on Boston Common on August 19, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. Thousands of demonstrators and counter-protestors are expected at Boston Common where the Boston Free Speech Rally is being held. (Photo by Scott Eisen/Getty Images)

Scott Eisen/Getty Images

Boston Ma 8/19/17 Thousands of counter-protesters marching down Tremont Street to confront right-wing “free speech” demonstrators in the Boston Common. (Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff) topic: reporter:

Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff

Boston Ma 8/19/17 Thousands of counter-protesters marching down Tremont Street to confront right-wing “free speech” demonstrators in the Boston Common. (Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff) topic: reporter:

Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff

Boston, MA- August 19, 2017: View of “Boston Free Speech” rally, right, and protest at the Boston Common, Boston, MA on August 19, 2017. Thousands of protesters are expected to flood downtown Boston Saturday, with the “Boston Free Speech” rally on Boston Common likely surrounded by several different counter-actions. (CRAIG F. WALKER/GLOBE STAFF) section: metro reporter:

CRAIG F. WALKER/GLOBE STAFF

Counterprotesters stand on the periphery of a "Free Speech" rally staged by conservative activists on Boston Common, Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017, in Boston. One of the planned speakers of a conservative activist rally that appeared to end shortly after it began says the event "fell apart." Dozens of rallygoers gathered Saturday on Boston Common, but then left less than an hour after the event was getting underway. Thousands of counterprotesters had also gathered. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Michael Dwyer/Associated Press

Boston Ma 8/19/17 Thousands of counter-protesters marching down Tremont Street to confront right-wing “free speech” demonstrators in the Boston Common. (Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff) topic: reporter:

Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff

Boston, MA - 8/19/17 - Marchers on the way toward Boston Common during a march from Roxbury to the Boston Common as part of a counter-protest to a free speech rally being held there on Saturday, August 19, 2017. This day's protest occurred as part of the ongoing national outrage after protests in Charlottesville, Virginia turned deadly last weekend, primarily in opposition to what's seen as a rise in prominence and visibility of white supremacists and Neo-Nazis. (Nicholas Pfosi for The Boston Globe) Topic: 20rally photos (only)

Nicholas Pfosi for The Boston Globe

Boston, MA - 8/19/17 - After pursuing an apparent "free speech" protester while he was escorted to a paddy wagon by police, a crowd forms on the outskirts of the Boston Common where free speech and other conservative groups sparked an enormous counter-protest on Saturday, August 19, 2017. This day's protest occurred as part of the ongoing national outrage after protests in Charlottesville, Virginia turned deadly last weekend, primarily in opposition to what's seen as a rise in prominence and visibility of white supremacists and Neo-Nazis. (Nicholas Pfosi for The Boston Globe) Topic: 20rally photos (only)

Nicholas Pfosi for The Boston Globe

Counter-Protesters of the Boston 'Free Speech' Rally march towards Boston Commons on August 19, 2017. Thousands of anti-racism demonstrators flooded the streets of Boston Saturday, dwarfing a gathering of white nationalists in the city, triggering scuffles with police but avoiding the serious violence that marred a similar event a week earlier in Virginia. / AFP PHOTO / Ryan McBrideRYAN MCBRIDE/AFP/Getty Images

Ryan McBride/AFP/Getty Images

Boston, MA - 8/19/17 - Marchers on the way toward Boston Common during a march from Roxbury to the Boston Common as part of a counter-protest to a free speech rally being held there on Saturday, August 19, 2017. This day's protest occurred as part of the ongoing national outrage after protests in Charlottesville, Virginia turned deadly last weekend, primarily in opposition to what's seen as a rise in prominence and visibility of white supremacists and Neo-Nazis. (Nicholas Pfosi for The Boston Globe) Topic: 20rally photos (only)

Nicholas Pfosi for The Boston Globe

BOSTON, MA - AUGUST 19: Thousands of counter protesters marching to a planned 'Free Speech Rally' on Boston Common on August 19, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. Thousands of demonstrators and counter-protestors are expected at Boston Common where the Boston Free Speech Rally is being held. (Photo by Scott Eisen/Getty Images)

Scott Eisen/Getty Images

Counter-protesters of the Boston 'Free Speech' Rally march towards Boston Commons on August 19, 2017, in Boston. Thousands of anti-racism demonstrators flooded the streets of Boston Saturday, dwarfing a gathering of white nationalists in the city, triggering scuffles with police but avoiding the serious violence that marred a similar event a week earlier in Virginia. / AFP PHOTO / Ryan McBrideRYAN MCBRIDE/AFP/Getty Images

Ryan McBride/AFP/Getty Images

A crowd of counter-protesters gathers before the rally. MUST CREDIT: Washington Post photo by Salwan Georges.

Salwan Georges/Washington Post

April Bello, 25, center, listens to a speaker as counter-protesters gather. MUST CREDIT: Washington Post photo by Salwan Georges.

Salwan Georges/Washington Post

BOSTON, MA - 8/19/2017: Police try to clear Tremont Street of demonstrators...Free Speech rally and counter protests. (David L Ryan/Globe Staff ) SECTION: METRO TOPIC 20rally photos (only)

David L. Ryan/Globe Staff

Boston Ma 8/19/17 Thousands of counter-protesters marching down Tremont Street to confront right-wing “free speech” demonstrators in the Boston Common. (Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff) topic: reporter:

Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff

Counter-Protestors of the Boston 'Free Speech' Rally gather in Roxbury at the Reggie Lewis Athletic Center before marching to the Boston Commons Saturday morning, August 19, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Ryan McBrideRYAN MCBRIDE/AFP/Getty Images

Ryan McBride/AFP/Getty Images

Counter-Protestors of the Boston 'Free Speech' Rally gather in Roxbury at the Reggie Lewis Athletic Center before marching to the Boston Commons Saturday morning, August 19, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Ryan McBrideRYAN MCBRIDE/AFP/Getty Images

Ryan McBride/AFP/Getty Images

Boston-8/19/17 A Free Speech rally was held on Boston Common as counter protesters marched down Tremont Street to Boston Common. John Tlumacki/Globe Staff(metro)

John Tlumacki/Globe Staff

Boston, MA - 08/19/2017 - The counter protest march makes it way down Tremont approaching Concord. (Nicholas Pfosi for The Boston Globe) Reporter: Topic:

Nicholas Pfosi for The Boston Globe

Boston Ma 8/19/17 Armored police officers march down Beacon Street during the right-wing “free speech” demonstrators in the Boston Common and the counter rally. (Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff) topic: reporter:

Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff

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