Counterprotesters make their point at a
Counterprotesters make their point at a "free speech” rally in Boston. Michael Dwyer

'Unite the Right' rally cut short in Boston

CONSERVATIVE activists cut short a planned rally in the US city of Boston as thousands of counterprotesters chanted anti-Nazi slogans and waved signs condemning white nationalism.

Boston police announced on Twitter that the event, billed as a "Free Speech Rally”, had ended about 1.30pm on Saturday.

The tweet came a few hours after dozens of rally-goers gathered at the historic Boston Common and were met with 40,000 thousand counter-protesters who had marched peacefully through downtown Boston.

Boston Police Department Commissioner William Evans said there had been 27 arrests, most for disorderly conduct, along with a few for assaulting police officers.

The Boston Free Speech Coalition, which organised the rally, insisted it was not in any way affiliated with the neo-Nazis and white supremacists whose "Unite the Right” march in Charlottesville on August 12 turned deadly. - Fox News

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