Rally Against "Far-Left Violence" Draws Counterprotest

BOSTON, MA - NOVEMBER 18: A counter protester of an Alt-Right organized free speech event holds up a sign on the Boston Common on November 18, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. The 'Rally for the Republic' event organized by conservative groups Resist Marxism and Boston Free Speech comes after thousands of counter-protesters shut down a similar demonstration in August. (Photo by Scott Eisen/Getty Images)

BOSTON (AP) — A conservative rally against "far-left violence" is being organized in downtown Boston a year after a similar demonstration drew tens of thousands of counter protesters.

Boston Free Speech, the group organizing the event, says on its Facebook page that its rally is scheduled for noon at City Hall Plaza. Organizer John Medlar says the event is meant to call out Internet censorship and "violent suppression of discourse in the public square."

The Boston Globe reports more than 100 counterprotesters are already gatheringat the State House for a planned march to City Hall organized by Stand Against Hate-Boston and the Democratic Socialists of America.

Last August's "free speech" rally happened on Boston Common days after a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia left one protester dead and 19 injured.

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