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2 counterprotesters arrested at Boston free speech rally

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BOSTON (AP) -- Two people have been arrested at a gathering organized by free speech advocates whose rally on Boston Common last summer drew boisterous counterprotesters.

Boston police confirmed the arrests of two counterprotesters Saturday at the "Rally for the Republic" event planned by conservative groups Resist Marxism and Boston Free Speech. It's unclear what charges they face.

The rally on the Common comes after angry counter-protesters overwhelmed a similar event in August.

Resist Marxism has denounced white supremacism repeatedly and publicly. But the August rally came shortly after deadly violence erupted in Charlottesville, Virginia, and it drew thousands who said they feared white nationalists might show up anyway.

Some clashed with police, and more than 30 were arrested.

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