Fight breaks out ahead of Michigan speech by white nationalist Richard Spencer

Fight breaks out ahead of Michigan speech by white nationalist Richard Spencer

Fight breaks out ahead of Michigan speech by white nationalist Richard Spencer

White nationalist Richard Spencer's appearance at Michigan State University sparked protests and fights despite a heavy police presence. But hundreds of protesters turned out, shouting profanities at Spencer supporters and police.

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

"This was really an opportunity for us to strengthen our community and for people to have real positive feelings about who we are in the East Lansing area", said Rabbi Amy Bigman, a leader in the Interfaith Clergy Association of Greater Lansing, which sponsored the event.

Spencer's visit occurred during MSU's spring break, which meant a majority of university students were off campus at the time the protest took place. I am for his ability to speak whatever he wants. "I think this shows that Lansing and Mid-Michigan will not stand for Spencer and his followers to recruit in our backyard". Alt-right generally refers to the modern white nationalist movement, which has an explicitly racist and antisemitic ideology and argues for the creation of a white state.

Members of the crowd could be seen punching and pushing each other, with at least one Spencer supporter tackled by police as he ran through the crowd toward the pavilion where Spencer was to speak.

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"Nazis, and the need to protest against their ideals", Herron said. Protestors tried to push the attendees back and threw water bottles, sticks, and other objects at them.

Spencer's speech was not well-attended, and he barred television cameras from recording.

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

"The ideas that they espouse: genocide, white supremacy, fascism, are anti-American and unsafe to our people, to our nation, to Americans", he said.

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