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33 Arrested During Boston Rally Protest Heading to Court


Boston Police officers react as a crowd of counter protesters clashes with them outside of the Boston Commons and the Boston Free Speech Rally in Boston, Massachusetts, Aug. 19, 2017.

Thirty-three people taken into custody in Boston during a counterprotest of a small, conservative "free speech rally" over the weekend are headed to court this week.

The arrests — mostly for disorderly conduct — were made Saturday as an estimated 40,000 counterprotesters gathered in and around Boston Common. Suffolk District Attorney Daniel Conley says a "small number of people went beyond the bounds of safe behavior," during the events on the Common.

Arraignments are set for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday in Boston Municipal Court.

Otherwise, Conley says marchers, protest organizers and police deserve praise for keeping the city peaceful and safe. He says Boston sent a strong message against bigotry and racism.

Organizers of the free speech rally say the event was mischaracterized and that it accomplished its purpose.

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