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Pro-Trump Conservatives and Liberal Anti-Fascists Clash in Boston Common

The Boston Free Speech supporters occupied the rotunda, while their adversaries from Boston Antifa took the hill

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    (Published Sunday, May 14, 2017)

    Boston Free Speech supporters, a combination of several conservative groups, clashed with Boston Antifa, a liberal ant-fascist group, in the Boston Common Saturday afternoon.

    Boston Free Speech and Antifa Clash at Boston CommonBoston Free Speech and Antifa Clash at Boston Common

    The Boston Free Speech group called for the rally and the Boston Antifa supporters reacted by organizing a counter-protest.

    While the climate in the Boston Common was contentious with chanting, yelling, and name-calling among the couple of hundred demonstrators on each side, police did an effective job of containing the crowds. The police created a one hundred yard gap separating the groups. There were two arrests for affray, according to Boston Police. Antifa and Boston Free Speech Supporters Separated in Boston CommonAntifa and Boston Free Speech Supporters Separated in Boston Common

    The Boston Free Speech supporters occupy the Boston Common Rotunda, while the Boston Antifa counter-protesters rally up the hill, The groups are separated by police and approximately one hundred yards.

    (Published Sunday, May 14, 2017)

    The Boston Free Speech supporters occupied the rotunda, while their adversaries from Boston Antifa took the hill.

    Occasionally a person from one of the groups would get close to the opposition, but police interceded to tamp down the confrontations.

    Boston Antifa Supporters Rally in the Boston CommonBoston Antifa Supporters Rally in the Boston Common

    Boston Antifa supporters chant, "Black lives matter," at a rally in Boston Common.

    (Published Sunday, May 14, 2017)

    The Boston Free Speech supporters were comprised of Oathkeepers, Connecticut Militia, Massachusetts Militia, New York Militia, and AP3 from different states, according to one of the participants.

    The vast majority of the Boston Free Speech supporters are pro-Trump.