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Boston free speech rally draws supporters, protesters

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    Boston police detain a protestor during Boston’s Free Speech Rally held on the Boston Common. Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017 in Boston.

BOSTON >> A few dozen free speech advocates have rallied peacefully on Boston Common but just like last summer’s event, they were outnumbered by counter protesters.

The “Rally for the Republic” event was held Saturday by conservative groups Resist Marxism and Boston Free Speech despite being denied a permit.

Rally speakers warned that free speech was under threat and accused Antifa and Black Lives Matter groups of being terrorist organizations.

At least 100 counterprotesters showed up to the Common. Boston police say two counterprotesters were arrested.

Resist Marxism has denounced white supremacism repeatedly and publicly. But the August rally came shortly after deadly violence erupted in Charlottesville, Virginia, and it drew thousands who said they feared white nationalists might show up anyway.

Some clashed with police, and more than 30 had been arrested.

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