On eve of Revere casino vote, dueling rallies

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REVERE — Dueling rallies about Mohegan Sun’s $1.3 billion casino proposed for Suffolk Downs drew hundreds of chanting opponents to Revere City Hall and cheering supporters to a VFW hall on Sunday.

The events, held just one hour apart, were planned ahead of Tuesday’s critical referendum to allow the Connecticut-based casino company to develop a resort-style casino at New England’s last thoroughbred racetrack.

Led by a Salvadoran band, about 200 anti-casino advocates walked a half-mile, from Immaculate Conception Church to City Hall. Their shouts of “No Casino!” prompted several homeowners to their front doors.

Meanwhile, 400 casino supporters packed a VFW hall, for a rally organized by the Friends of Mohegan Sun, a political action group that has led an aggressive “Vote Yes” campaign.

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