>> Hey, hey!>> Thousands of people in Boston protested a Free Speech rally featuring right-wing speakers on Saturday. With hundreds of police officers mobilized to prevent a recurrence of violence, that left a woman dead at a Virginia White Supremacist rally last week. Reuters' Scott Malone was on the ground at Boston Commons.
>> The Free Speech Rally which drew a substantially larger protest never amounted to more than a few dozen people who were surrounded by a two level security cordon from the thousands of counter protestors who turned out. We did have some tussles around that, with people charging at them in cases.
In a few cases some clashes with police but not magnitude of the violence we saw in Charlottesville, Virginia last week.>> Nazi's suck.>>
]>> There were certainly moments of tension in the crowd as protesters on opposing sides confronted each other but more often with arguments, not with outright violence.
The response by Boston police was praised on Saturday by President Trump who tweeted quote looks like many anti-police agitators in Boston, but later applauded the protestors for speaking out against bigotry and hate, a sentiment echoed by the city's police commissioner.>> Overall, again everyone did a good job.
99.9% of the people here were for the right reason. And that's to fight bigotry and hate for the most part here today. We knew we were gonna have some people who are gonna cause problems and we had to make, the latest is 27 arrests so far today.>> These massive demonstrations come on the heel of last week's events which saw white supremacists and Nazis marching in the streets of Charlottesville, with the President called out for not going far enough to ease tensions in the country.
The US is doing quite a bit of soul searching this week as the fate of Confederate statues is being debated in the public, with the President defending their existence. But as they increasingly become rallying points for white supremacists, some local governments are working faster than ever to tear them down.