Arrests as Supporters of Richard Spencer Clash With Protesters Outside Michigan University


Protesters, police and white nationalists clashed at Michigan State University ahead of a planned speech by Richard Spencer. In October, Florida declared a state of emergency to guard against violence between Spencer's supporters and hundreds of protesters as Spencer gave a speech at the University of Florida in Gainsville.

The Press, citing MSU campus police, reported that 24 people were arrested on charges that ranged from hindering and obstruction, and weapons violations.

Monette said his number one concern was maintaining safety on campus.

Students are on spring break.

"If it was during the school year, we would've had, like, probably a thousand people", Pillai said.

The university originally planned to charge Spencer's National Policy Institute group $2,000 to set aside a room on campus for the speech, but chose to deny the group the opportunity to speak citing safety concerns. Helicopters buzzed overhead as more than 100 officers clad in riot gear guarded the entrance to the pavilion and escorted some of Spencer's supporters inside. I am for his ability to speak whatever he wants.

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Richard Spencer coined the term "alt-right, ' and popularized the idea of a future state exclusively for white people".

Katie Kuhn of Lansing led some anti-Spencer chants.

But protesters, including those who demonstrated peacefully, said it was their duty to stand up to Spencer and his beliefs.

Herron said if she ever had the chance to meet Spencer face-to-face, she'd remind him of a time in January 2017 when he was struck in the face by a protester during a television interview. Protestors tried to push the attendees back and threw water bottles, sticks, and other objects at them. The two side reached an agreement then to let Spencer speak. "We chased them away".

Michigan State allowed Spencer to appear, but the venue was an auditorium at a remote end of campus.