Alt-right free speech event in Boston met with counterprotest

A few dozen free speech advocates rallied peacefully Saturday on Boston Common but just like last summer’s event, they were outnumbered by counterprotesters.

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

Rally speakers gathered at a bandstand on the Common warned that free speech was under threat and accused antifa and Black Lives Matter groups of being terrorist organizations. White hats with the phrase “RESIST MARXISM” were thrown into the crowd, many of whom wore pro-Trump apparel, and criticized the media and left-leaning groups for labeling them as hateful.

At least 100 counterprotesters showed up.

Resist Marxism has denounced white supremacism repeatedly and publicly. But its August rally came shortly after deadly violence erupted in Charlottesville, Va., and it drew thousands who said they feared white nationalists might show up anyway. Some clashed with police, and more than 30 were arrested.

No injuries were reported at Saturday’s rally and counterprotest, and a total of three people were arrested— two for disorderly conduct and the third for assaulting a police officer. (AP)

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Alt-right free speech event in Boston met with counterprotest

A participant of an Alt-Right organized free speech event holds a sign that says “Boston Stands For Freedom And Liberty” across from the Massachusetts State House on Nov. 18, 2017, in Boston, Mass. (Photo: Scott Eisen/Getty Images)

Alt-right free speech event in Boston met with counterprotest

Participants of an Alt-Right organized free speech event march from the Boston Common back to their vehicles on Nov. 18, 2017, in Boston, Mass. (Photo: Scott Eisen/Getty Images)

Alt-right free speech event in Boston met with counterprotest

Counterprotesters of an Alt-Right organized free speech event chant and hold up signs on the Boston Common on Nov. 18, 2017, in Boston, Mass. (Photo: Scott Eisen/Getty Images)

Alt-right free speech event in Boston met with counterprotest

A participant of an Alt-Right organized free speech event holds a Trump campaign sign on the Boston Common on Nov. 18, 2017, in Boston, Mass. (Photo: Scott Eisen/Getty Images)

Alt-right free speech event in Boston met with counterprotest

Counter-protesters link arms while facing a wall of bike police outside of an Alt-Right organized free speech event on the Boston Common on Nov. 18, 2017, in Boston, Mass. (Photo: Scott Eisen/Getty Images)

Alt-right free speech event in Boston met with counterprotest

A participant of an Alt-Right organized free speech event holds his fist up on the Boston Common on Nov. 18, 2017, in Boston, Mass. (Photo: Scott Eisen/Getty Images)

Alt-right free speech event in Boston met with counterprotest

A counterprotester of an Alt-Right organized free speech event on the Boston Common is arrested on Nov. 18, 2017, in Boston, Mass. (Photo: Scott Eisen/Getty Images)

Alt-right free speech event in Boston met with counterprotest

A participant of an Alt-Right organized free speech event drapes a Trump campaign flag at the Boston Common on Nov. 18, 2017, in Boston, Mass. (Photo: Scott Eisen/Getty Images)

Alt-right free speech event in Boston met with counterprotest

Police surround the barricades preventing counter-protesters from entering the area where an Alt-Right organized free speech event was taking place on the Boston Common on Nov. 18, 2017, in Boston, Mass. (Photo: Scott Eisen/Getty Images)

Alt-right free speech event in Boston met with counterprotest

Participants of an Alt-Right organized free speech event march from the Boston Common back to their vehicles on Nov. 18, 2017, in Boston, Mass. (Photo: Scott Eisen/Getty Images)

Alt-right free speech event in Boston met with counterprotest

Counter-protesters of an Alt-Right organized free speech event chant and hold up signs on the Boston Common on Nov. 18, 2017, in Boston, Mass. (Photo: Scott Eisen/Getty Images)

Alt-right free speech event in Boston met with counterprotest

Participants of an Alt-Right organized free speech event march from the Boston Common back to their vehicles on Nov. 18, 2017, in Boston, Mass. (Photo: Scott Eisen/Getty Images)

Alt-right free speech event in Boston met with counterprotest

Counterprotesters link arms while facing a wall of bike police outside of an Alt-Right organized free speech event on the Boston Common on Nov. 18, 2017, in Boston, Mass. (Photo: Scott Eisen/Getty Images)

Alt-right free speech event in Boston met with counterprotest

A participant of an Alt-Right organized free speech event holds a sign that says “No Antifa, No KKK, No Racist USA” on the Boston Common on Nov. 18, 2017, in Boston, Mass. (Photo: Scott Eisen/Getty Images)

Alt-right free speech event in Boston met with counterprotest

Vermin Supreme speaks to police through his megaphone next to counterprotesters of an Alt-Right organized free speech event on the Boston Common on Nov. 18, 2017, in Boston, Mass. (Photo: Scott Eisen/Getty Images)

Alt-right free speech event in Boston met with counterprotest

Police make a perimeter as a counterprotester of an Alt-Right organized free speech event is arrested on the Boston Common on Nov. 18, 2017, in Boston, Mass. (Photo: Scott Eisen/Getty Images)