Boston braces for rally where activists could clashTrump now APPLAUDS 40,000 protesters for 'speaking out against hate' after first condemning 'anti-police agitators' among huge anti-fascist crowd that took on 'free speech' activists in BostonPresident Donald Trump has praised a crowd of up to 40,000 anti-fascist protesters who marched through the streets of Boston in protest against right-wing activists hosting a 'free speech' rally on Saturday. Some of the counter-protesters clashed with police after the largely peaceful march through the city had ended when the handful of activists who attended the free speech rally left.President Trump tweeted: 'I want to applaud the many protesters in Boston who are speaking out against bigotry and hate. Our country will soon come together as one!'Our great country has been divided for decades. Sometimes you need protest in order to heal, & we will heal, & be stronger than ever before!' Trump quickly deleted two tweets that misspelled the word heal as 'heel' and an hour earlier he had tweeted to condemn 'anti-police agitators'.But the president's tone was mostly conciliatory after a week of outrage over his response to the violence in Charlottesville last weekend. Out of the thousands in attendance, 33 people were arrested following bottles of urine and rocks being thrown at police and when some burned a Confederate flag and pounded on the sides of a police vehicle at Boston Common.Although city officials had asked counter-protesters to stay away, saying their presence would draw more attention to the far-right activists, the group was later commended for standing up to hate and bigotry during the largely peaceful day.
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