Arrests At Protest Against White Nationalist Speech

Arrests At Protest Against White Nationalist Speech”

Auburn requested and received assistance from the Montgomery Police Department and Alabama State Troopers. Lawyer Sam Dickson filed the suit on behalf of Cameron Padgett, identified as an Atlanta-area resident who rented an auditorium for Spencer's talk.

"I'm not talking to you", she said to the crowd.

Hundreds of students and protesters congregated outside Foy Hall.

Supporters and counter protestors clash at Auburn University ahead of a planned speech by white nationalist leader Richard Spencer.

As one of the internet users cleverly noted, Spencer says everything the KKK men or nazis would, not using "jew" or the n-word. "The alt-right is really about putting Humpty Dumpty back together again".

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A "While Mr. Spencer's beliefs and message are controversial, Auburn presented no evidence that Mr. Spencer advocates violence", U.S. District Court Judge W. Keith Watkins said in his ruling, noting that peaceable free speech is protected by the Constitution. Metal detectors and bag checkers were set up at the entrance to Foy for all attending Spencer's speech, and Auburn Fire Division personnel were counting those coming in to ensure the room was not over occupancy. The school was intent on allowing him his right to free speech, until threats of violence forced the school to cancel the event out of concerns for public safety. Many attempted to bar Spencer from speaking at Auburn and had succeeded until a federal judge intervened.

Spencer, the president of the National Policy Institute (NPI), a think tank associated with the so-called Alt-Right movement, generated controversy after he said "Hail Trump, hail our people, hail victory" at an NPI meeting last November.

The university condemned "attempts by uninvited, unaffiliated, off-campus groups and individuals to provoke conflict that is racially divisive and disruptive to our campus environment", according to a statement by Provost Timothy Boosinger.

At one point, however, even the supportive students jeered when he criticized the Southeastern Conference and college football, which is a cherished institution at Auburn and across the American South.

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