Boston mayor: Violence won’t be tolerated at weekend rally

Public Safety Press Conference

Mayor Martin J. Walsh hosts a press conference to address this weekend’s upcoming rally and related public safety concerns.

Posted by City of Boston on Friday, August 18, 2017

BOSTON (AP) — Boston’s mayor and police commissioner say about 500 officers are being deployed to make sure there is no violence involving people attending a free speech rally and planned counterprotests this weekend.

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Mayor Marty Walsh said Friday that officials ‘‘will not tolerate any incitements of violence’’ at the rally planned for Saturday on Boston Common.

The Boston Free Speech Coalition says its rally Saturday has nothing to do with white nationalism and they are not affiliated with the organizers of a rally in Virginia last weekend that erupted into violence and left one person dead.

But Walsh and other critics say many of the speakers invited to the rally ‘‘spew hate.’’


Organizers of a counterprotest expect as many as 20,000 to 30,000 people to join them on a 2-mile march.