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Free speech rally hits Boston

FILE - In this Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017 file photo, white nationalist demonstrators walk into the entrance of Lee Park surrounded by counter demonstrators in Charlottesville, Va. Conservative activists and leftist counter-protesters prepare for a showdown on Boston Common, Saturday, Aug. 19, that could draw thousands a week after a demonstration in Virginia turned deadly. Boston's rally is the first potentially large and racially charged gathering in a major U.S. city since a car plowed into counter-demonstrators in Charlottesville, killing a woman and injuring scores of others.(AP Photo/Steve Helber)

BOSTON, MA. — Confrontations are happening amid a gathering of counter-protesters and conservative rally participants in Boston.

Thousands of demonstrators marched Saturday from the city’s Roxbury neighbourhood to Boston Common, where a “free speech rally” is being held.

Dozens of free speech rallygoers have arrived.

TV cameras showed a group of boisterous counter-protesters chasing a man with a trump campaign banner and cap, shouting and swearing at him.

Other counter-protesters intervened and helped the man safely over a fence to where the conservative rally was to be staged.

Organizers of the “free speech rally” have publicly distanced themselves from the neo-nazis and white supremacists who fomented violence in Charlottesville on August 12.

Events are planned in cities across the U.S., including Atlanta, Dallas and New Orleans.

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