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    Samson Racioppi, a candidate for Massachusetts' 6th congressional district as a Libertarian, gets into a heated verbal exchange with members of a counter-protester group during the Rally to Denounce Political Violence on Saturday at the State House. Minutes earlier, Racioppi had implored the counter-protesters to join the nearby rally, but was chided for prevaricating on whether the death of Heather Heyer, the victim of a hit-and-run attack by a white supremacist in Charlottesville, Va., was an act of political hatred.

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    A demonstrator holds a sign and shouts on Saturday during a counterrally held in Capitol Park in Augusta.

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    A protester confronts Samson Racioppi, back to camera, of Salisbury, Mass. Racioppi was a speaker Saturday at the Rally to Denounce Political Violence, held at the State House in Augusta.

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    John Rasmussen, organizer of the Rally to Denounce Political Violence, holds a banner while listening to a speech on Saturday at the State House in Augusta. Rasmussen organized a poorly-attended Boston rally in May that was criticized for its associations with white supremacist movements. Rasmussen said he's been unfairly maligned.

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    Counter-protesters stand silently at the periphery of the Rally to Denounce Political Violence on Saturday at the State House in Augusta.

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    Protesters attend a rally Saturday in Capitol Park in Augusta as a counterdemonstration to a rally held at the State House to denounce political violence, according to organizers.

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    John Bell, center, of Augusta, speaks to protesters Saturday at the State House in Augusta. Bell was attending a rally that its organizers said was held to denounce political violence. Counterprotesters from a coalition of left-leaning organizations said they were suspicious of the intentions of the rally organizers.

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    An organizer of a counterrally identifying himself using the pseudomyn Ryan Brown, from central Maine, speaks to demonstrators attending a rally Saturday in Capitol Park in Augusta.

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    Demonstrators against ultra-conversative groups are reflected in Morgan Erkhart's sunglasses Saturday at a rally in Capitol Park in Augusta. Erkhart, from Bangor, joined about 75 other left-leaning activists during a counterrally opposed to alt-right groups in Maine.

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    Counter-protester Sam Bonfatti, a student at the University of Maine at Farmington, loses his temper at the Rally to Denounce Political Violence during an exchange with a rally-goer about transsexual persons being able to use bathrooms based on their self-identity rather than the gender of their birth.

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    Counter-protesters at the Rally to Denounce Political Violence at the State House on Saturday return toward their meeting spot in Capitol Park after brief confrontations with rally-goers. The groups exchanged heated words, but avoided violence.

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