Thousands of anti-racism protesters gathered on Saturday in Boston, in the United States. They touted defence of free speech as reason for the protest, which came just a week after one person died in similar protests over race and national identity in Charlottesville, Virgina.
The left-wing protesters included the various Black Lives Matter groups and activist group Violence in Boston.
However, police broke up the protest, arresting twenty-seven people.
The Guardian reported the Boston police as saying one of the arrested persons was a man who had concealed a gun in his body. The gunman was on the conservative side and was wearing a Trump hat.
Police commissioner William Evans said of the counter-protesters: “We had some kids block the street, and they got a little confrontational.”
He added: “They were given every option to leave, but the officers, they were getting bottles, they were getting pushed and I think they did a good job handling it.” The Police Department claimed that bottles of urine and empty bottles were thrown at them from scaffolding at Emerson.