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LIVE COVERAGE: Boston Free Speech Rally & Protests

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posted on Aug, 19 2017 @ 02:35 PM
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a reply to: Perfectenemy

YEa wtf. its 2017... what the hell




posted on Aug, 19 2017 @ 02:35 PM
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just dropping this video here...



posted on Aug, 19 2017 @ 02:35 PM
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originally posted by: MotherMayEye

originally posted by: Grambler
Black man being cuffed, crowd starting to appraoch the cops saying he didn't do anything.

Its amping up.

Please let cooler heads prevail.


Did I hear the camera guy say that the man being arrested tried to evade police and then several people in the crowd say he didn't do anything?


He said he doesn't know what the guy did, he saw one cop point him out, and another nodded that was the guy, and when they tried to arrest him he ran.

His sister is the screaming person, she is claiming the man did nothing wrong.



posted on Aug, 19 2017 @ 02:36 PM
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originally posted by: dawnstar


just dropping this video here...



Well they are not doing much to dispel that myth today.



posted on Aug, 19 2017 @ 02:36 PM
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originally posted by: Krakatoa
I've been watching the live TV broadcast of NECN all morning now, and just logged into ATS to see what sort of disinformation was being spread.

Summary of my view of the events to date (2:15pm ET)
From watching it live I saw the Boston Police Dept (BPD) did a great job of managing this situation so far. They setup a 75 ft DMZ between the Rally center where the permitted speeches were to take place and the counter-protester crowds. I watched as a column of protesters marched from Roxbury down Tremont Street (past my building even) toward the Boston Common. Mostly peaceful rhetoric through the day.

The rally speakers could not actually be heard with the unaided ear due to the 75 ft space the police setup, but they were legally allowed to speak their minds and not stopped. The counter-protesters also were allowed to speak and display their myriad of signs and mixed messages with a range of topics.

The police were in their standard day uniforms, with high-visibility yellow vests (as typically worn) and just keeping the peace, not preventing anyone from speaking, and keeping a close presence when a group gathered to debate some issue or another amongst themselves.

There was one incident of a man wearing a TRUMP T-Shirt that was trying to attend the counter-protest (which is his right) but was surrounded, spit upon, and harassed by the crowd. It took a woman counter-protester from the midwest (Iowa I think?) to step in to help this man and attempt to escort him safely through the crowds. They began to push ansd shove her, calling her a Nazi, and one man got in her face then PUNCHED her in the face! This, from the "peaceful" anti-nazi crowd?

The rally speakers were scheduled form noon to 2pm, but left about 1:30pm or so (early), escorted by BPD for their safety away from the venue down a separated pathway blocked by barriers. At the exit of the common, a mass of counter-protesters gathered to block the exit. Where the BPD was then forced to dawn their riot gear at that time, behind a few BPD police transport vehicles (we know them here as "Paddy Wagons"). The police in riot gear then proceeded in a formation of 4-files across and about 12 ranks deep to bengin clearing the street to allow passage out of the venue ahead of the BPD vehicles.

At that time they were met with massive resistance from the counter-protest crowds, to chants of "who are you protecting" and "why are you protecting Nazi's", etc... At one point a few AntiFa members in the crowd (they were wearing clearly AntiFa shirts and masks on their faces) began taunting the police and resisting to move. Some physically began to assault the police as they were trying to push the crowd back with their batons as horizontal "people movers". They were not swinging them at the crowd, nor poking them at all. These AntiFa supporters assaulted the police in the front rank, at which point they were grabbed, pulled behind the front ranks of officers to a safe area, dropped to the ground and "cuffed" with plastic zip-ties behind their backs. The BPD showed great restraint doing this, with not overly abusive force, only enough to immobilize them and get the cuffs on them. At which point they were lifted off the ground and walked calmly to be arrested in the back of the column of polices.
When I turned it off, I saw about a dozen (12) of these people arrested, all of which were physically assaulting police at the time. The BPD was repeatedly explaining to the crowds the rally was over and to disperse now.

That was when I logged into ATS and lost my personal coverage. I am anxious to speak to many of my friends later that actually attended there today, so get their first-hand perspective of the events they witnessed across the different areas. If I do, I may make a thread here to outline their personal experiences (names withheld of course).

ADDENDUM:
I did see one man in a TRUMP shirt surrounded by the crowds, splashed with water, people calling him a Nazi and yelling at him. He never raised a hand only responded verbally with "I am NOT a Nazi". At one point someone in this peaceful crowd threw a plastic water bottle that him him in the face (in the left eye to be exact). His reaction was simply to give a pissed off stare at the location where it came, and another man behind him pointed at the person. They tried to get the police to take action for that assault.




Now that the main event is over, which went as well (or better) than could be expected. It seems like there is a lot of hatred in thiese counter-protester crowds that is looking for an outlet. It's like they are pissed off they didn;t get a chance to throttle a Nazi today, so they need to find someone that others do not agree with and like a herd, attack them en-masse.

LOVE NOT HATE, except if you disagree with them, then the HATE NOT LOVE becomes the result.

Sad...sad... I weep for the people believing this tripe.



posted on Aug, 19 2017 @ 02:36 PM
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Yell at the cop.. Genius



posted on Aug, 19 2017 @ 02:36 PM
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originally posted by: dawnstar


just dropping this video here...



Crap video. Saw this last night. The stats this bozo uses are fake!

"More attacks by far right extremists" lumps in the Muslims. But the Left are aligned with the Muslims.

So which is it?



posted on Aug, 19 2017 @ 02:37 PM
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originally posted by: bknapple32
a reply to: Perfectenemy

YEa wtf. its 2017... what the hell


Too many people with cell phones streaming in the area has begun to eat up all the local bandwidth. That is the reason for the bad quality.



posted on Aug, 19 2017 @ 02:37 PM
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The only thing I like bout all this.

Is all these folks that are getting arrested will never be allowed to own a firearm.

And thanks to their own gun laws.

Conviction isn't required for denial.

Any information contained in the courts system



posted on Aug, 19 2017 @ 02:39 PM
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Another arrest.

Its getting ugly, the cops are doing great.



posted on Aug, 19 2017 @ 02:40 PM
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The phone companies must love this. How many cracked screens are gonna need repairs on Monday



posted on Aug, 19 2017 @ 02:40 PM
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originally posted by: Grambler
Another arrest.

Its getting ugly, the cops are doing great.


Yes they are and that worries me. Looks like the crowd is pumped up because of all the "unjust" arrests.



posted on Aug, 19 2017 @ 02:41 PM
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You guys are being melodramatic. This is all typical protest stuff.



posted on Aug, 19 2017 @ 02:42 PM
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originally posted by: DBCowboy
The intolerance and unwillingness to listen to differing opinions highlights the low IQ's and fundamental cowardice.


Someone posted a video earlier of a guy from the rally talking to the counter protestors and engaging in debate. Another man kept honking a bike horn in response.

Debate styles learned from Clarabell the Clown.



posted on Aug, 19 2017 @ 02:42 PM
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a reply to: Kali74

Id agree in a protest where there are two sides...

These guys are arguing at thin air.... and getting violent... like... it dont compute
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posted on Aug, 19 2017 @ 02:42 PM
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originally posted by: Kali74
You guys are being melodramatic. This is all typical protest stuff.


We are just documenting what is happening. I already told you that.



posted on Aug, 19 2017 @ 02:42 PM
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originally posted by: Kali74
You guys are being melodramatic. This is all typical protest stuff.


Yep, swarming and tossing out anyone that was there for the rally.

Just typical behavior from these groups.

Now that you mention it, you are right.



posted on Aug, 19 2017 @ 02:42 PM
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Dunno if this live-stream was posted, gives a good "arial" view of things..



Crazy people...



posted on Aug, 19 2017 @ 02:43 PM
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originally posted by: Kali74
You guys are being melodramatic. This is all typical protest stuff.


Call me melodramatic, but this is looking more and more like the apocalypse.



posted on Aug, 19 2017 @ 02:44 PM
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Yes, the BPD is handling this great today. This should be studied for future rallies as the method to use to minimize confrontation and assaults. One lesson to learn I feel is to clear an exit pathway completely well in advance of the speakers leaving to reduce the contact even more. Having the speakers being escorted out to an undisclosed location would also help to reduce the gathering and violence we are now seeing from happening more.



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