3 arrested before white supremacist's speech at Auburn

Bruno Cirelli
Aprile 21, 2017

Reiterating his key talking points, Spencer denounced diversity as "a way of bringing to an end a nation and a culture" defined by white people. The man who rented Foy Hall for Richard Spencer and was denied, filed a law suit and was granted an injunction by a federal judge to allow Spencer to speak. "There'd be no history without us", he added later.

On Tuesday night, the speech did in fact take place, and violence did erupt, though it occurred amidst mostly-peaceful protests outside Foy Hall.

Spencer said his fight and win to speak at Auburn is a legal victory that will have echoes around the world for free speech.

Spencer was not invited to speak by the school, but had paid $700 to use a space at the public university. "The alt-right is really about putting Humpty Dumpty back together again".

On Tuesday, U.S. District Judge W. Keith Watkins in Montgomery, Ala., Tuesday barred Auburn from blocking Spencer, stating there was no evidence that he advocates violence.

Spencer, 38, director of the white nationalist think tank National Policy Institute, has been a target for his radical beliefs.

As Spencer's profile grew, so did criticism of his movement; he became a target of antifa groups across the country, members of which have sucker-punched Spencer at least twice as he gave interviews to news outlets.

Tuesday afternoon April 18th a Judge issued a restraining order against Auburn Universitie's efforts to stop Spencer from speaking.

None of the three is from Auburn or attends Auburn University.

Conservatives also came out to show support for Spencer's free speech rights.

The Alabama university had cancelled the scheduled appearance on Friday, citing safety concerns.

The university condemned "attempts by uninvited, unaffiliated, off-campus groups and individuals to provoke conflict that is racially divisive and disruptive to our campus environment", according to a statement by Provost Timothy Boosinger.

While the event was marked by tension and confrontation between Spencer's supporters and critics, one woman may have stolen the show with her blunt question.

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