President Trump weighs in on Boston protests

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WASHINGTON (Sinclair Broadcast Group) -- President Trump gave his take on the thousands of counter-protesters who gathered in Boston on Saturday in response to the "Free Speech Rally."

Trump referred to the counter-protesters as "anti-police agitators" and thanked police officers for their service during the afternoon's events. The President also praised Boston Mayor Marty Walsh in a subsequent tweet.

The President's tweets come after the "Free Speech Rally" was forced to end early. Thousands of counter-protesters marched through the streets of Boston and condemned white nationalism while the rally took place.

Organizers of the "Free Speech Rally" have distanced themselves from neo-Nazis and white supremacists who were involved in last week's Charlottesville rally that left one woman dead and several others injured.

In a tweet sent after President Trump's tweet, Boston Police Dept. urged counter-protesters not to throw harmful projectiles at police.

Later in the afternoon, Trump commended protesters for speaking out against hate and bigotry.

Trump's comments come after he was criticized for a press conference on Tuesday where he said the "alt-left" held some responsibility for violence in Charlottesville. He also stated that there was "blame on both sides."

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