Boston march against right-wing rally draws thousands

Boston march against right-wing rally draws thousands
# 19 August 2017 19:52 (UTC +04:00)

Tens of thousands of anti-racism protesters have converged on a "Free Speech Rally" in the US city of Boston that featured right-wing speakers, APA reports quoting BBC.


The rally on Boston Common, which attracted only a small crowd, disbanded early and the participants were escorted out by police.


Organisers had said they would not give a platform to racism or bigotry.


Tensions are high after violent demonstrations in Charlottesville, Virginia last weekend turned deadly.


The Boston Herald reported that up to 30,000 people attended the counter-protest. Demonstrators had gathered at a Boston sports centre and then marched en masse to the common.


The BBC's Aleem Maqbool at the scene said those who turned up for the conservative rally were confined to the bandstand area on Boston Common.


Crowds of anti-racism protesters totally surrounded the bandstand but were kept some distance away by barriers, he added. No violence has been reported.

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