Tensions high, arrests made at MI protests over white nationalist's visit

  • Tensions high, arrests made at MI protests over white nationalist's visit

Tensions high, arrests made at MI protests over white nationalist's visit

Officers from several local law enforcement agencies formed lines outside the auditorium to try to keep the peace and protect people who had tickets as they entered the event. We chased them away. At one point they say he allegedly pointed the gun at the protesters in the other auto. "And my community in here in our home, representing our home, fighting against fascist ideology".

Franklin said Spencer's ability to speak on MSU's campus, along with the views he has established for himself, would be met with resistance.

No one severely injured as of this point.

Spencer was also trying to get a date set aside for him to speak at the University of MI this year.

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

Penn State and Texas A&M have also refused Spencer's request to appear because of potential violence. "Here, ideas - not people - are meant to clash and to be evaluated based on their merits".

In October, protests broke out as Spencer gave a speech at the University of Florida in Gainsville. "But we have to ... as opposition mounts, we know that we're making more and more of an impact".

Video of clashes and arrests were posted on Twitter by journalist Colin Beresford, an editor at The Michigan Daily, a campus newspaper at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor.

To some protesters, Spencer's views are reminiscent of fascism. Others at Michigan State said that his message was repulsive and that there was never demand at Michigan State to hear him. Media representatives for the university could not immediately be reached for comment.

Spencer, the 39-year-old firebrand leader of the "alternative-right" movement, billed the event on YouTube as one that would do more than just discuss alt-right ideas, but instead "talk about where we're going and what we ultimately want".

Ashley Fuente, president of the Council of Graduate Students, will first spend two hours with about 30 volunteers, packing food for Meals on Wheels.

"I don't think I'm for or against, I think I'm for free speech".

Olivia Franklin is a senior at MSU.