Protests greet 'alt-right' speaker in Auburn, Alabama

Richard Spencer

Suit seeks OK for white nationalist speech at Auburn

An alabama federal judge has ordered Auburn University to permit white nationalist Richard Spencer to speak Tuesday night.

Anyone can rent James E. Foy Hall on Auburn's campus, the school is funded with taxpayer money. "It was certainly a great victory for the alt-right, but it's a great victory for free speech, for identifiable movements around the world, really".

Spencer's event was previously cancelled by Auburn due to concern about planned protests.

Black students and alumni have planned to show up en masse to protest. which ended with public unrest and arrests.

"The alt-right is about being a white person, being a European in the 21st century", Spencer told the sold-out crowd at one point.

Auburn University thanked the law enforcement agencies at the event for ensuring a "largely peaceful" evening in a statement released Wednesday by Mike Clardy, assistant vice president for communications and marketing at Auburn.

Widely circulated video footage showed some Trump supporters giving Nazi-style salutes to Spencer during a gathering in Washington to celebrate the Republican candidate's win. The judge also said there was no evidence that Spencer advocated violence. Once Spencer finished his speech that was riddled with applause and criticism, Spencer took questions from the audience.

"I'm not going to allow that to happen", Spencer told the Plainsman, Auburn's student newspaper, after the cancellation announcement.

That same day, Spencer tweeted to his 56,000 followers, "We are flying people to Auburn and purchasing safety gear".

But Spencer drew loud boos from people on both sides of the political divide when he declared the following during his speech at football-loving Auburn: "If I could wave a magic wand, I would absolutely ban football!"

College campuses across the country from the University California, Berkeley, to Texas A&M have been trying to balance free speech and security when controversial speakers appear on campus.

"Auburn University supports the rights and privileges afforded by the First Amendment". It is a public place. I think it's very clear. "I will be there 100 percent".

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