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USA: Students stand-off against White Nationalist Richard Spencer at Texas A&M01:38

USA: Students stand-off against White Nationalist Richard Spencer at Texas A&M

United States, Texas
December 7, 2016 at 11:05 GMT -00:00 · Published

SOT, Protester: (English): "Fuck you."

SOT, Richard Spencer, White nationalist and president of the National Policy Institute (English): "I love you too."

Tensions were running high at Texas A&M University’s student centre ballroom on Tuesday, when white nationalist, Richard Spencer, gave a speech about what the term “alt-right” means to him.

Around 400 students filled the auditorium to either listen to the president of the National Policy Institute, a white supremacist think tank, or to protest against him. Protesters heckled Spencer when he spoke and held up placards reading "We're in the USA not Nazi Germany, Spencer" and “He is the real Bozo.”

When Spencer declared that, “America at the end of the day belongs to white men," several students left the room. Later on, a crowd of protesters returned, which resulted in a brief stand-off between the student protesters and the white supremacists supporting Spencer.

Outside the centre ballroom, roughly 1,000 people protested against Spencer, who recently made headlines when he was filmed doing a Nazi-style salute and exclaiming “Hail Trump” during a conference. He rejects being labelled as a white supremacist, but identifies with the 'alt-right' movement, which is a mix of white nationalism and populism.

A former university student Preston Wiginton, who is actively promoting white supremacy, invited Spencer to speak at Texas A&M. The university reportedly looked into barring Spencer from speaking, but in the end decided it was obliged to permit it in the name of freedom of speech. Instead it staged a counter event called "Aggies United."

USA: Students stand-off against White Nationalist Richard Spencer at Texas A&M01:38
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SOT, Protester: (English): "Fuck you."

SOT, Richard Spencer, White nationalist and president of the National Policy Institute (English): "I love you too."

Tensions were running high at Texas A&M University’s student centre ballroom on Tuesday, when white nationalist, Richard Spencer, gave a speech about what the term “alt-right” means to him.

Around 400 students filled the auditorium to either listen to the president of the National Policy Institute, a white supremacist think tank, or to protest against him. Protesters heckled Spencer when he spoke and held up placards reading "We're in the USA not Nazi Germany, Spencer" and “He is the real Bozo.”

When Spencer declared that, “America at the end of the day belongs to white men," several students left the room. Later on, a crowd of protesters returned, which resulted in a brief stand-off between the student protesters and the white supremacists supporting Spencer.

Outside the centre ballroom, roughly 1,000 people protested against Spencer, who recently made headlines when he was filmed doing a Nazi-style salute and exclaiming “Hail Trump” during a conference. He rejects being labelled as a white supremacist, but identifies with the 'alt-right' movement, which is a mix of white nationalism and populism.

A former university student Preston Wiginton, who is actively promoting white supremacy, invited Spencer to speak at Texas A&M. The university reportedly looked into barring Spencer from speaking, but in the end decided it was obliged to permit it in the name of freedom of speech. Instead it staged a counter event called "Aggies United."

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