Antifa Boston Advocates Violently Clash With Trump Supporters At Free Speech Rally

Aaron Homer

Antifa activists clashed with Donald Trump supporters at a free speech rally in Boston on Friday, leading to at least two arrests, the Boston Herald is reporting.

What was billed by Trump supporters as a "Free Speech Rally" at Boston Common quickly turned into a clash of ideologies as the two sides, both numbering into the hundreds of people, began shouting, scuffling, and later, throwing punches. Herald reporter Jordan Graham observed that both sides came to the event expecting violence: members of both sides were observed wearing protective sporting equipment, goggles, and helmets. Others carried flagpoles, umbrellas, and sticks.

— NBC Boston (@nbcboston) May 14, 2017

"No Trump, no KKK, no fascist USA!"
"I suggest you get a job and then you move out to whatever country you want, since you don't like it [here] so much."

Later, someone on the Antifa side burned an American flag. A teenager girl who identified herself as an area high school student threw a rock at the pro-Trump side.

— WCVB-TV Boston (@WCVB) May 13, 2017

— Max Larkin (@jmlarkin) May 13, 2017

"We're trying to show that Boston stands against hate. It's clear to the public walking through the Common that there's plenty of people who are very uncomfortable with the rhetoric and the symbols that are being used by the alt-right."
"It's a new definition of free speech where if you don't agree with that opinion, you start labeling it as hate speech. That's not real free speech."

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