Around 2,500 people in total showed up for what became a raucous
shouting match but did not descend into the kind of violence
seen at this month's clashes at a white nationalist rally in
Charlottesville, Virginia, where one person was killed.
Police erected barricades along the oceanfront to deter car
attacks like the one in Charlottesville which killed a woman
when a suspected white nationalist drove into the crowd.
Dozens of anti-immigration protesters rallying behind President
Donald Trump's campaign slogan "America First" were escorted by
police through opposing demonstrators who chanted: "Shame" and
"No white supremacy".
Trump's opponents blame him for boosting far-right sentiment,
forcing the president to deny he tacitly supports racists.
"We are not a white supremacism movement but an 'America First'
movement," said Beverly Welch, 56, a health assistant protesting
against illegal immigration. "We're trying to save our country."
Police later declared the remaining protesters an unlawful
assembly and forced them to disperse. They made three arrests.
On Saturday, tens of thousands of people protested in Boston
against a "free speech" rally featuring far-right speakers.
(Additional reporting by Ian Simpson in Washington; Writing by
Alex Dobuzinskis; Editing by Robin Pomeroy)
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