‘Free speech’ rally outnumbered by thousands of protesters in Boston
After one person was murdered by a neo-Nazi at the Unite the Right in Charlottesville, Virginia last Saturday, the residents of Boston weren’t taking any chances with the planned “free speech” rally at Boston Common on Saturday. Thousands of protesters showed up to voice opposition to white supremacy, dwarfing the number of “free speech” rally-goers.
While organizers of the rally have tried to distance themselves from the groups who showed up in Charlottesville, this Washington Post passage explaining who is expected to take part in the Boston rally is telling:
Still expected to speak at the rally are Joe Biggs, formerly a writer for the conspiracy-theory website Infowars, and Kyle Chapman, a far-right activist charged with beating counter-demonstrators with a wooden pole during a clash at Berkeley earlier this year. Members of the Ku Klux Klan told the Boston Herald that they expect several of their members to attend.
In a stunning rebuke of Tina Fey’s advice, folks in Boston did not stay home, eat sheet cake, and “let these morons scream into the empty air.” Instead, they came out in force and screamed right back, drowning out the small gathering entirely.
— Jack Lepiarz (@Lepiarz) August 19, 2017
— Abbey Niezgoda (@AbbeyNBCBoston) August 19, 2017
— Waqas Mirza (@waqasahmi) August 19, 2017
Protesters gathered in the park and surrounded fewer than 100 rally-goers. Police estimate the number of protesters to be somewhere around 15,000, according to ABC News.
— ABC News (@ABC) August 19, 2017
The Boston counter-protest is now perhaps the largest anti-racist protest this year. Thousands arrive still — many more expected. pic.twitter.com/7dIPr9XbMo
— Jack Smith IV (@JackSmithIV) August 19, 2017
Thousands of counter-protesters march in response to “Boston Free Speech Rally” https://t.co/uOscsTi96Y
— NBC News (@NBCNews) August 19, 2017
UPDATE: Other estimates put the number of “free speech” attendees at only 50-60 and as few as 20.
— Justin Dougherty (@DoughertyJC) August 19, 2017
There were *TWENTY* white nationalists. 20 THOUSAND anti-racists. What a garbage tweet smh. https://t.co/fGxygGzy0u
— Alex Kotch (@alexkotch) August 19, 2017