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Photos: What Happened At The Boston Rallies

Gathering on Boston Common Saturday, thousands of counter-protesters demonstrated against a self-described free speech rally, whose smaller group of attendees left their protest earlier than anticipated.

Supporters of the rally were permitted to demonstrate until 2 p.m., but by 1 p.m., they had exited the Parkman Bandstand with a police escort.

Counter protesters amassed outside of the barriers at the Parkman Bandstand. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
Counter protesters amassed outside of the barriers at the Parkman Bandstand. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
Police escort away a counter-protester near the rally. (Michael Dwyer/AP)
Police escort away a counter-protester near the rally. (Michael Dwyer/AP)
Anti-Fascist counter protesters move in to confront Free Speech supporters. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
Anti-Fascist counter protesters move in to confront Free Speech supporters. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
Reverend Ann Armstrong, Deaconess of the Healing Church and the lead off speaker at the Free Speech rally gets upset with the sudden Anti-Fascist chanting. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
Reverend Ann Armstrong, Deaconess of the Healing Church and the lead off speaker at the Free Speech rally gets upset with the sudden Anti-Fascist chanting. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
Two Boston Police officers apprehend a Trump supporter involved in an altercation with several counter protesters. He was escorted out of the Boston Common for his own safety. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
Two Boston Police officers apprehend a Trump supporter involved in an altercation with several counter protesters. He was escorted out of the Boston Common for his own safety. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
Boston Police Commissioner William Evans watches counter-protesters near the rally. (Michael Dwyer/AP)
Boston Police Commissioner William Evans watches counter-protesters near the rally. (Michael Dwyer/AP)
Counter-protesters stand on the periphery of the rally. (Michael Dwyer/AP)
Counter-protesters stand on the periphery of the rally. (Michael Dwyer/AP)
A counter-protester, left, holds a sign beside a man wearing a T-shirt bearing President Donald Trump's name. (Michael Dwyer/AP)
A counter-protester, left, holds a sign beside a man wearing a T-shirt bearing President Donald Trump's name. (Michael Dwyer/AP)
A man wearing a T-shirt bearing the name of President Donald Trump, right, is hit by a flying plastic bottle of water near the rally. (Michael Dwyer/AP)
A man wearing a T-shirt bearing the name of President Donald Trump, right, is hit by a flying plastic bottle of water near the rally. (Michael Dwyer/AP)
A counter-protester stands in front of police near the rally. (Michael Dwyer/AP)
A counter-protester stands in front of police near the rally. (Michael Dwyer/AP)
Organizers depart the so-called free speech rally on Boston Common just before 1 p.m. They were expected to stay until 2 p.m. (Michael Dwyer/AP)
Organizers depart the so-called free speech rally on Boston Common just before 1 p.m. They were expected to stay until 2 p.m. (Michael Dwyer/AP)
Organizers stand on the bandstand on Boston Common during a self-described free speech rally staged on Saturday in Boston. Counter-protesters stand along barricades ringing the bandstand. (Michael Dwyer/AP)
Organizers stand on the bandstand on Boston Common during a self-described free speech rally staged on Saturday in Boston. Counter-protesters stand along barricades ringing the bandstand. (Michael Dwyer/AP)
A counter-protester holds a photo of Heather Heyer on Boston Common. (Michael Dwyer/AP)
A counter-protester holds a photo of Heather Heyer on Boston Common. (Michael Dwyer/AP)
A counter-protester, left, confronts a professed supporter of President Trump. (Michael Dwyer/AP)
A counter-protester, left, confronts a professed supporter of President Trump. (Michael Dwyer/AP)
Police stand at a barricade around the Parkman Bandstand just before a planned, self-described free speech rally begins on Boston Common. Inside the barricade are supporters of the rally. Thousands of counter-protesters flocked to the Common to demonstrate, too. (Michael Dwyer/AP)
Police stand at a barricade around the Parkman Bandstand just before a planned, self-described free speech rally begins on Boston Common. Inside the barricade are supporters of the rally. Thousands of counter-protesters flocked to the Common to demonstrate, too. (Michael Dwyer/AP)
Counter-protesters hold signs and chant at the State House before the rally on Boston Common. (Michael Dwyer/AP)
Counter-protesters hold signs and chant at the State House before the rally on Boston Common. (Michael Dwyer/AP)
State and city police inspect people arriving on Boston Common. The permit for the rally came with severe restrictions, including a ban on backpacks, sticks and anything that could be used as a weapon. (Michael Dwyer/AP)
State and city police inspect people arriving on Boston Common. The permit for the rally came with severe restrictions, including a ban on backpacks, sticks and anything that could be used as a weapon. (Michael Dwyer/AP)
Counter-protesters wait for the so-called free speech rally to begin on the Common. Police Commissioner William Evans said Friday that 500 officers, some in uniform, others undercover, would be deployed to keep the two groups apart. (Michael Dwyer/AP)
Counter-protesters wait for the so-called free speech rally to begin on the Common. Police Commissioner William Evans said Friday that 500 officers, some in uniform, others undercover, would be deployed to keep the two groups apart. (Michael Dwyer/AP)
Counter-protesters on the Common. (Michael Dwyer/AP)
Counter-protesters on the Common. (Michael Dwyer/AP)
Large crowds are rallying in front of Madison Park High School in opposition to the so-called free speech rally on Boston Common. (Zeninjor Enwemeka)
Large crowds are rallying in front of Madison Park High School in opposition to the so-called free speech rally on Boston Common. (Zeninjor Enwemeka)
The Reverend Glenn Campbell speaks out against racism and bigotry to a crowd of people outside the barricade at the Parkman Bandstand in the Boston Common. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
The Reverend Glenn Campbell speaks out against racism and bigotry to a crowd of people outside the barricade at the Parkman Bandstand in the Boston Common. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
A supporter of the self-described free speech rally arrives on the Common early Saturday. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
A supporter of the self-described free speech rally arrives on the Common early Saturday. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
Dave Wilson, a Western Mass. supporter of the self-described free speech rally holds an America Flag while awaiting entry to the Parkman Bandstand. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
Dave Wilson, a Western Mass. supporter of the self-described free speech rally holds an America Flag while awaiting entry to the Parkman Bandstand. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
Vach Hawkins, of Portland, Maine, holds up a sign while in a confrontation with members of Free Speech supports early Saturday. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
Vach Hawkins, of Portland, Maine, holds up a sign while in a confrontation with members of Free Speech supports early Saturday. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
Belinda Pray, of Salem, overlooks Parkman Bandstand from the Soldiers and Sailors Monument. She arrived early to show her support for "No Hate." (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
Belinda Pray, of Salem, overlooks Parkman Bandstand from the Soldiers and Sailors Monument. She arrived early to show her support for "No Hate." (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
Police stand watch at the Parkman Bandstand at the Boston Common. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
Police stand watch at the Parkman Bandstand at the Boston Common. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
Parkman Bandstand in Boston Common was barricaded Saturday morning for the so-called free speech rally expected to draw thousands on Saturday. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
Parkman Bandstand in Boston Common was barricaded Saturday morning for the so-called free speech rally expected to draw thousands on Saturday. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

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