Thousands of demonstrators convened on Boston Common on Saturday to protest against a “free speech” rally that wound up being cut short.
Boston Police Commissioner William Evans estimates that approximately 40,000 people were on the Common, “99.9 percent” of whom were there to protest against the rally, according to Evans. Reporters said the “free speech” showing was “sparse” by comparison.
Numerous aerial views from reporters, photographers, and media outlets show the size and scale of the counter-protesters:
Aerial video shows thousands of people flooding the streets of Boston for dueling rallies.
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Participants in the “Fight Supremacy!” counter-protest and rally gathered at 10 a.m. outside the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center before heading down Tremont Street to the Common. Those protestors eventually joined an additional group of “Stand for Solidarity” protesters, who convened at 11 a.m. in front of the State House.
The counter-protesters surrounded the perimeter of the Parkman bandstand where the “free speech” rally was held. Boston Police said the “free speech” rally officially concluded at 1:30 p.m.
— Karen Anderson (@karenreports) August 19, 2017
Photos from the ‘free speech’ rally and counter protests: