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    Counter-Protest in Boston Aims to Inspire Millions to Fight White Supremacy

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    Organizers of an anti-racism protest on Saturday in the US city of Boston, Massachusetts, hope to inspire millions of Americans to fight white supremacy, ANSWER Coalition activist Husayn Karimi has told Sputnik.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — ANSWER is one of dozens of groups staging counter-demonstrations against a downtown "Free Speech" rally that is expected to draw conservatives and libertarians, along with white supremacists.

    "We hope to leave tomorrow's demonstration with an inspired crowd that is ready to fight back with the millions of other people in this country who have zero tolerance for white supremacy," Karimi said Friday.

    "This isn't just about statues," Karimi said, in reference to white nationalist opposition to the removal of Confederate monuments.

    He added that the fight against white supremacy includes actions such as organizing for immigrants rights and against police brutality and US wars in poor, oppressed nations.

    The "Free Speech" rally is expected to draw up to 1,000 people to the downtown public park, Boston Common, while counter-rallies across the city could attract more than 20,000.

    Counter-protesters will march toward the Boston Common, where police will attempt to keep rival demonstrators separated after a car attack by a neo-Nazi during a similar counter-protest last weekend killed a woman in Charlottesville, Virginia.


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