A Boston, Mass., free speech rally was cut short after police officers escorted the participants from the premises early Saturday afternoon.
The “Free Speech” rally, hosted in the Boston Common for “libertarians, conservatives, traditionalists, classical liberals, Trump supporters or anyone else who enjoys their right to free speech,” ended about an hour after it started, with Boston police officers showing up to escort some of the participants from the area, reports MassLive.
Only about 40-60 people showed up in support of the free speech event, while thousands of counter-protesters came out to rally against the “Free Speech” rally, according to local media reports. One of the speakers for the event said the rally ended up “falling apart” due to poor planning on the part of the organizers.
“I didn’t realize how unplanned of an event it was going to be,” said Samson Racioppi, a candidate for congress and rally speaker. “I really think it was supposed to be a good event by the organizers but it kinda fell apart.”
Left-wing activists and Black Lives Matter movement protesters came out in droves to protest the rally. Organizers for the event, coming on the heels of the Charlottesville white supremacist riots, repeatedly denied that their event had anything to do with the Klu Klux Klan or white supremacy.
There were a few confrontations between the counter-protesters and those who showed up for the free speech rally. A group of counter-protesters ended up snatching an American flag from the hands of an older woman.
The counter-protesters ended up taking to the streets to celebrate the free speech participants leaving.
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