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Counter protesters descend on Boston, violence ensues

Counter protesters in Boston, Mass. have become violent. (Screenshot/Twitter)

Things are heating up in Boston, Massachusetts, on Saturday morning as counter protesters take to the streets to articulate their disdain for the "Free Speech Rally" that was scheduled weeks ago, the Associated Press reported.

Protesters chanted anti-Nazi slogans and waved signs condemning white supremacy.

In preparation for the rally, Boston Police Commissioner William Evans said Friday that 500 officers — some in uniform, others undercover — would be on the ground to keep violence from breaking out.

The "Free Speech Rally" organizers have made it very clear that they are not tied to the Charlottesville protests that took place last weekend.

“Though we naturally respect their right to speak and assemble, we also will exercise our right to choose who we will associate with. We will not allow our platform to be hijacked by the KKK. If I see anyone bring out a swastika or throw a Hitler salute, I will immediately denounce them," organizer John Medlar told the Boston Herald.

InfoWars' reporter Joe Biggs, one of the rally's featured speakers, has posted updates to Twitter with what he is seeing on the ground.

Video footage from Fox News shows a counter protester dragging a woman by an American flag.

UPDATE: 1 p.m. EST

Police estimate around 15,000 counter protesters are in Boston today, ABC News reported.

A video of an anti-Nazi chant appeared on Twitter.

Editor's Note: This video contains strong language.

UPDATE: 1:30 p.m. EST

According to freelance writer Britini de la Cretaz, Boston police have stopped and searched a man with anti-fascist images on his clothing.

A man with a "stop white genocide" t-shirt was escorted by police officers, and ironically, a black police officer.

UPDATE: 2:10 p.m. EST

Police in riot helmets had to clear a path to escort Free Speech Rally members from police vehicles.

Fox News is reporting things are still tense at Boston Common.

A video from NBC News shows a Trump supporter getting hit in the face with a water bottle.

UPDATE: 5:00 p.m. EST

President Trump took to Twitter to discuss the protest in Boston.

UPDATE: 6:25 p.m. EST

The Boston Mayor and Police Commissioner addressed reporters.

According to the Police Commissioner, Boston had 40,000 counter protesters on Saturday.

This is a breaking news story and will be updated as new information is available. 

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