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Protesters arrested on Boston Common

November 18. 2017 11:30PM

BOSTON — Counterprotesters rallied in smaller numbers Saturday than during a demonstration in the summer, but three were still arrested.

They turned out to oppose a Rally for the Republic organized by conservative groups Resist Marxism and Boston Free Speech.

The conservative activists moved from the Boston Common to the steps of the State House, chanting “USA” and “All Lives Matter.”

Two counterprotesters were charged with disorderly conduct and a third for assault and battery on a police officer, Boston police officials said.

The rally was more peaceful than one on the Boston Common in August in which some protesters had clashed with police. That rally drew thousands of people.

In that melee, 30 were arrested.

The Boston rally organizers, Resist Marxism, has denounced white supremacy groups. But their activities in August attracted thousands of protesters because their public event came soon after deadly violence in Charlottesville, Va., which had been organized by Unite the Right, a far-right organization whose members had included white supremacists and neo-Nazis.

On Saturday, people began to disperse around 2:30 p.m.

“From a public safety perspective, today’s event on Boston Common couldn’t have gone much better and I certainly have my officers to thank for that,” Boston Police Commissioner William Evans said in a statement.

“Their constant poise and professionalism never goes unnoticed and I thank them again for a job well done.”

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