Thousands of counterprotesters descended on Boston and drowned out a right-wing ‘free speech’ rally

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Roughly 40,000 people descended on Boston Common on Saturday to protest a controversial right-wing “free speech” rally that had been planned.

The event came one week after violence and chaos erupted in Charlottesville, Virginia during a white nationalist rally. One woman died after an apparent white supremacist plowed his car into a crowd of counterprotesters.

In contrast, Saturday’s demonstrations in Boston remained largely peaceful, despite some skirmishes with police. Twenty-seven people were ultimately arrested, police told media.

Here’s how the day unfolded:

SEE ALSO: Trump labels Boston protesters ‘anti-police agitators,’ then praises them for ‘speaking out against bigotry and hate’

A right-wing rally for ‘free speech’ had been planned for Saturday

But many feared it would draw white supremacists and neo-Nazis

Roughly 40,000 people showed up to protest against the rally

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Non-Sequiturs: 08.18.17

* The first letter of every paragraph in this rebuke to President Trump from the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities spell out the word “Resist.” That’s putting your English degree to its highest possible use. [Politico]

* “[The Statue to Stephen Foster] was commissioned in 1900 by a local newspaper editor who imagined Foster, ‘catching the inspiration for his melodies from the fingers of an old darkey reclining at his feet strumming negro airs upon an old banjo,’ per a 2010 City Paper article.” The “culture” some people are defending is embarrassing for y’all. [Very Smart Brothers]

* This is why we can’t have nice things like democracy vouchers. Alternative headline: we can have democracy vouchers and catch the people who try to abuse them. [Election Law Blog]

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