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The Boston Police commissioner reported that bottles filled with urine were thrown at officers by protesters during the Free Speech rally. The rally which began at 10am started to disperse around 1pm when thousands of counter-protesters stormed the Boston commons.
The Police commissioner also reported that there were 27 arrests made along with three people who showed up armed with ballistic vests.
“Overall everyone did a good job,” Evans said. “99.9 percent of people were here for the right reason, and that’s to fight bigotry.”
Although its good to hear that the protests were mostly peaceful, the protesters were protesting our right to free speech. Free speech isn’t something we can simply throw under the bus. As Americans, our First Amendment rights to free speech is a pillar to our society. Many countries around the world don’t have the luxury we do to have a free press and a populace who is safe to express themselves. As long as protesters to free speech continue to get praise in the media, the security of that pillar of our society is at risk.