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Dueling Protest Groups Hold Rallies in Boston

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Conservative free speech advocates and left-wing counterprotesters held dueling rallies Saturday in the East Coast city of Boston as police say they will not tolerate violence from either side.
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People assemble on Boston Common before a planned "Free Speech" rally by conservative organizers begins, Aug. 19, 2017, in Boston.
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People assemble on Boston Common before a planned "Free Speech" rally by conservative organizers begins, Aug. 19, 2017, in Boston.

Counter protest groups gather for a 3 kilometer walk to the Boston Common.
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Counter protest groups gather for a 3 kilometer walk to the Boston Common.

Organizers stand on the bandstand on Boston Common during a "free speech" rally staged by conservative activists, in Boston, Aug. 19, 2017. Counterprotesters stand along barricades ringing the bandstand.
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Organizers stand on the bandstand on Boston Common during a "free speech" rally staged by conservative activists, in Boston, Aug. 19, 2017. Counterprotesters stand along barricades ringing the bandstand.

Boston Police and police from nearby districts, on bicycle patrol, getting final direction on the day's protests. City leaders have warned of zero tolerance for violence.
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Boston Police and police from nearby districts, on bicycle patrol, getting final direction on the day's protests. City leaders have warned of zero tolerance for violence.

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