Counterprotester Does Unthinkable To Older Woman Holding American Flag

The deadly uproar at the Charlottesville, Virginia demonstrations has started up a firestorm on both sides of the political spectrum. Groups across the country have been planning protests, while other groups have been planning counter-protests. Fears that demonstrations will continue to escalate have authorities on high alert. This weekend, protests in Boston resulted in a few incidents of violence and 33 arrests.

The initial protest was organized by 23-year-old Fitchburg State College student John Medlar of the Boston Free Speech Coalition. The group distances itself from 'alt-right' and 'white supremacist' groups, such as those that staged the rally in Virginia last week.

"Reasonable people on both sides who are tolerant enough to not resort to violence when they hear something they disagree with, reasonable people who are actually willing to listen to each other, need to come together and start promoting that instead of letting all of these fringe groups on the left and the right determine what we can and cannot say," said Medlar in an interview with CBS News.

Apparently, Medlar misjudged the hostility. In response to the small free speech rally, liberal organizations planned a counter-protests, to which thousands of people showed up and began marching in the streets. The small conservative protest was so overwhelmed by the massive confrontation that they had to cancel the rest of their rally and be escorted out of the area.

One older woman attending the Free Speech Rally was a victim of violence of those against free speech. The elderly woman was standing on the side of the road with an American flag. A counter-protester, part of the 'anti-alt-right' and 'anti-KKK' protest, grabbed the flag and began dragging the elderly woman, who was knocked to the ground. She suffered minor injuries.

The entire vicious attack was captured on video, showing the assailant fleeing and getting lost in the crowds leaving the elderly woman on the ground. Onlookers rushed to her aid and helped the visibly upset woman.

While counter-protesters didn't like people exercising their rights to free speech by holding up flags, they celebrated others exercising their own rights by burning flags.

"The point of this is to have political speech from across the spectrum, conservative, libertarian, centrist," said Chris Hood, an 18-year-old bewildered Boston resident who showed up to support free speech. "This is not about Nazis. If there were Nazis here, I'd be protesting against them."

Some 500 police officers showed up to help maintain control. A few scuffles broke out and police had to confiscate some flag poles, sticks and other objects that could have been used as weapons. Overall, however, they managed to prevent any serious incidents or injuries from happening.

President Donald Trump applauded the police and their handling of the hostile situation. "Looks like many anti-police agitators in Boston. Police are looking tough and smart! Thank you," he tweeted the day after the event.

"Great job by all law enforcement officers and Boston Mayor [Marty Walsh]," the president said in another tweet later.

Source: Fox News Insider, AJC
Photo: YouTube

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