'Go home Nazis': Protesters denounce white nationalist speaker at University of Florida

Friday, 20 October 2017, 12:04:20 PM. Several hundred protesters marched at the University of Florida on Thursday to denounce a speech by a white nationalist, saying his white supremacy message had no place on the campus that was filled with police and barricades to guard against unrest.
Protesters shouted "Go home Nazis" as a white nationalist gave a speech on Thursday at the University of Florida, where hundreds of police set up barricades and separated supporters and demonstrators to guard against violence. Richard Spencer's event at the university in Gainesville, which prompted the governor to declare a state of emergency to prepare for possible conflict, came about two months after rallies by neo-Nazis and white supremacists in Charlottesville, Va., led to a deadly clash with counter-protesters. The violence on Aug. 12 added fuel to a national debate on race, and Republican President Donald Trump came under fire for blaming both sides for the melee. White supremacists have been working to bring Spencer to various public universities, saying he has a constitutional right to free speech. Trump the 'first step' toward identity politics: Richard Spencer 'Hail Trump' shout draws Nazi salutes at alt-right group meeting The effort has forced college leaders to allow what they see as hate speech on campus and provide security to prevent violent clashes. On Thursday, several hundred protesters shouting: "We don't want your Nazi hate" marched outside a campus performing arts centre where Spencer spoke. The protests were mostly peaceful but there were a few scuffles that left five people with minor injuries, the university said in a statement. Two people were arrested, including a man hired as security for media for illegally carrying a firearm on campus, the...Read more
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