Pedro Cruz – who goes by the alter ego Flakoveli – is a self-taught photographer raised in Boston, MA. On Saturday, he hit the streets of downtown Boston to capture the overwhelming response to a planned “free speech” rally organized by a group of right-wing activists.

“News spread of a ‘Free Speech’ rally taking place in Boston Common on Saturday, August 19th,” Cruz wrote on his blog. “Without hesitation, Bostonians responded by launching a counter-protest. Being a Latino photographer, I felt a moral obligation to document the events taking place. I walked around for almost 5 hours, capturing all that I could see. This collection is more or less my way of contributing to history. The fight is far from over.”

Check out some of the powerful and uplifting photos of people coming together to oppose bigotry below.

Photo by Pedro Cruz, courtesy of photographer.

Photo by Pedro Cruz, courtesy of photographer.

Photo by Pedro Cruz, courtesy of photographer.

Photo by Pedro Cruz, courtesy of photographer.

Photo by Pedro Cruz, courtesy of photographer.

Photo by Pedro Cruz, courtesy of photographer.

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