Antifa counter-protesters flooded the streets of Boston Saturday to protest a free speech rally geared toward libertarians, conservatives, and classical liberals in a successful effort to end the gathering.
Multiple reports suggest thousands of counter-protesters flooded the streets of Boston, with some hurling rocks at police while others shouted in the faces of those attending the rally. An estimated 50 people attended the free speech rally.
According to the New York Times,
“The rally, which could have lasted until 2 p.m., concluded by about 12:50 p.m. The bandstand emptied, officials removed flags tied to the free speech rally and the crowd of counterprotesters sang, ‘Hey, hey, hey, goodbye.’
A spokesman for the Boston police, Lt. Detective Mike McCarthy, said the free speech demonstrators had ‘decided they were done, and they left the Common.’ The police escorted them as chants of ‘Shame!’ rained down from the crowd.
Rondre Brooks, 36, who said he had traveled from Detroit for the counterdemonstration, said he was pleased to see the apparent early end of the free speech rally. ‘It’s a very good look for America as a whole,’ he said.
But another man, who said he supported the speech rally and gave his name, after some hesitation, as Matt Staley, interjected to ask if those demonstrating in support of free speech were not Americans, too.
‘I think it’s awful that people can’t speak out to express opinions,’ Mr. Staley said.”
President Donald Trump reacted to the rally on Twitter, saying, “Looks like many anti-police agitators in Boston. Police are looking tough and smart! Thank you.”
In a series of follow-up tweets, the president also addressed the counter-protesters, adding, “I want to applaud the many protestors [sic] in Boston who are speaking out against bigotry and hate. Our country will soon come together as one!”
There are as of yet no reports of white nationalists attending the free speech rally. Despite that, Antifa was quick to employ violence and celebrate the stifling of free speech.