Alt-right leader Richard Spencer is scheduled to speak this evening at the University of Florida and even before the event, he has managed to cause a storm. Hundreds of police officers will be stationed at the event, while protests against Spencer will also be held.
A state of emergency has been declared in Florida after demonstrations broke out in protest of alt-right leader Richard Spencer’s speech scheduled for later this evening (Thursday) at the University of Florida (UF). The National Guard was activated in order to assist local law enforcement efforts to secure the event and the protests against it.
UF made clear that no specific threats were made after it was announced that Spencer would be speaking, but special precautions were taken as a result of the violence that occurred in Charlottesville. Spencer led neo-Nazi, White Supremacist and alt-right protesters carrying torches at the rally in Charlottesville, during which protesters shouted phrases such as “Jews will not replace us.” During one of the counter-rallies, a woman was hit by a car and died.
Posters against Spencer on UF’s campus Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News
Spencer made fun of the event at UF on Twitter, referring to himself as a natural disaster as he causes a storm within the state that was recently devastated by several hurricanes and tropical storms. He even swore to speak at any cost and that if any violence breaks out, it would be the fault of alt-right opponents protesting.