City Prepares For Saturday's 'Free Speech' Rally

Organizers for the event distanced themselves from the rally last weekend in Charlottesville, Va., that turned violent and was attended by white nationalists, neo-Nazis and members of the Ku Klux Klan.

"Looks like many anti-police agitators in Boston".

Organizers said they held a separate gathering in order to avoid a confrontation.

In a statement, the Dallas Police Department said officers experienced in crowd control will be assigned to a rally billed as "Dallas Against White Supremacy".

"I hope anyone who protests and is marching is doing it for the right reason", Evans said.

The organisers of the conservative "Free Speech Rally" said they would not offer a platform to racism or bigotry.

Since the rally is scheduled to be over in the afternoon, Sabathia is hopeful it ends before he heads to Fenway Park on the team bus, but he naturally is concerned about being so close to potential violence after a auto rammed into counterprotesters last week in Virginia, killing a woman.

A counter-protest is also planned, with some 11,000 people saying on Facebook they plan to attend.

“Sometimes you need protest in order to heal” – Donald Trump

The protests to the rally - which ended early, after barely an hour - drew as many as 40,000 people to the area around Boston Common, according to Boston police.

And they say, following the events of Charlottesville, they've disavowed violence.

"We're going to respect their right to free speech", Walsh said, but "they don't have the right to create unsafe conditions".

A growing number of USA political leaders have called for the removal of statues honoring the Confederacy, with civil rights activists charging that they promote racism. Thousands of counter-protesters are also expected to show up, including some from western Massachusets.

Organizers of Saturday's rally in Boston have denounced the white supremacist message and violence of Charlottesville and said their event would be peaceful.

Boston police and city officials had undertaken extensive preparations for the event, including ensuring that no one entered the area with weapons, homemade body armor, or any of the other unsafe objects used by white supremacists and some counterdemonstrators at past rallies, including in Charlottesville.

Such policies put police in the position of keeping track of demonstrators and counter-demonstrators, while also "waiting for that first shot to go off", he said, a almost impossible job. Personally I think that's about as likely as my chances of riding the winning horse at the Preakness next year, but who knows?

Monica Cannon, an organizer of the "Fight White Supremacy" march, said it was a necessary move.

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