Univ. Of Florida Drowns Out White Supremacist
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It wasn’t Charlottesville.
When prominent white nationalist Richard Spencer came to the University of Florida on Thursday, incidents of violence were limited because of a $600,000 police presence from across the state. What conflict did occur — pepper spraying, punching, chasing — was largely instigated by anti-fascist protesters.
There were five minor injuries and two arrests — one for a Gainesville man charged with resisting arrest without violence and the other for a media member’s security guard found with a pistol and a knife.
Supporters of the alt-right firebrand were largely outnumbered, as hundreds of protesters flooded the street outside the Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, where Spencer spoke.
Richard Spencer was met with protests and defiant chanting during his speech in at the University of Florida in Gainesville on Oct. 19.
Spencer ended his speech half an hour early because protesters, who made up a majority of the 456 seats filled out of 700, screamed and chanted “F— Spencer” and “Black Lives Matter” throughout his speech. At one point, the protesters started a Gator football chant, alternatively yelling “orange” and “blue.”
From a balcony overlooking the Phillips Center crowd, a handful of police officers in riot gear stood at attention. Spencer condemned the crowd for being so hostile.
At least two individuals were escorted out of the venue for undisclosed reasons. One of them, Randy Reddell, who promised to “cause a ruckus,” confronted a Spencer supporter in the row behind him. The two briefly exchanged words, and the man tore up Reddell’s sign.
But the resistance outnumbered the supporters, and soon enough, Spencer’s scheduled two-hour discussion regressed into an extended shouting match between Spencer, his allies and protesters.
Spencer, although appearing frustrated at times, remained relatively calm. He spoke the praises of his “alt-right” movement, one he vowed would overtake the world.