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Boston 'Free Speech' Rally Organizers to Hold Another Event



    Boston Free Speech Plans Another Rally on Common

    The same group that organized a controversial rally that, in August, was met with tens of thousands of counter-protesters, is planning another on the Boston Common in November.

    (Published Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017)

    The group behind last month's "free speech" rally on Boston Common is planning another, similar event later this year.

    "Planning for November.... More details within next couple weeks.... Stay tuned," the Boston Free Speech Coalition posted on its Facebook page Monday. They said more information is expected to be released in the coming weeks.

    A spokesman for the group told The Boston Globe they have already begun the permitting process with the city and have reached out to various civil liberties and patriots groups to provide speakers for the event. 

    About 50 people turned out for the group's last rally on Aug. 20, but an estimated 40,000 more turned out to protest the event in the wake of the violence that erupted at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, a week earlier. A woman was killed and many others injured when a car plowed into counter-demonstrators at that event.

    Thirty-three people were arrested at the Boston rally, mostly for disorderly conduct, but a few were also charged with assault and battery on police officers. No serious injuries or property damage were reported.

    Organizers of the Boston rallies have said they have no connection to the Charlottesville rally.

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