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Trump praises anti-racism demonstrators – after criticizing them

Sunday, August 20th, 2017 | World News

A week after the violence escalation in Charlottesville, tens of thousands of people have demonstrated peacefully against racism and hatred in the USA. Donald Trump, too, apparently did well, but not from the beginning.

"I want to applaud the many protesters in Boston who raise their voices against bigotry and hate," he wrote on Twitter. "Our country will soon come together as a united nation!"

I want to go to Boston. – Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 19,

  In Charlottesville a demonstration of white nationalists and neo-Nazis led to clashes with counter-demonstrators. A presumed right-wing extremist steered his car into a group of anti-racist demonstrators and killed a woman. Trump then made both sides equally responsible for the violence.

"Our great country has been divided for decades," Trump now twittered. "Sometimes you have to protest to heal and we will heal and be stronger than ever!"

 Our great country has been divided for decades. – Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 19, 2017. You need to be at the helm of Donald J. Trump
Shortly before, however, Trump had judged the demonstrators much more negatively. "It looks like there are many anti-police agitators in Boston," the US President wrote on Twitter on Saturday, adding, "The police are tough and skilled."

Further demonstration of alleged right-wingers
The protest march in Boston, which the police estimated to have involved as many as 40,000 people, was at the same time opposed to a much smaller demonstration, which took place at the same time in a park in the city. While this, according to the organizers, served to promote the right to freedom of expression, the opposing demons saw right-wing motives behind the assembly.

Both lifts were accompanied by a strong police force to prevent a repetition of the violence of Charlottesville. In Boston, the two camps were separated. In part, policemen had to form a chain to push back the counter-demonstrators. According to police, there were only isolated incidents and a total of 27 arrests. There were no injuries or material damage.

The demonstration, criticized by the demonstrators, had been planned before the incidents at Charlottesville, and the organizers also distanced themselves from the violence there. According to media reports, however, several speakers had been announced who were linked to right-wing extremism. In addition, the participation of numerous legal radicals was feared.

The organizers, a group called the Boston Free Speech Coalition, describe themselves as "a coalition of libertarians, progressives, conservatives and independents". The aim was to hold a "peaceful and open dialogue on the importance of the right to freedom of expression and the threat to that right".

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