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Auburn University student shuts down white supremacist Richard Spencer

Auburn University student shuts down white supremacist Richard Spencer”

Richard Spencer, the de-facto leader of the white nationalist "alt-right" movement, can't seem to go anywhere without sparking controversy and, in some cases, violence - as was the case Tuesday night at Auburn University, where Spencer gave an unwelcome lecture on white supremacy.

Police were on campus hours before Spencer was set to speak at the university barricading off areas for protesters, both supportive of Spencer's message and against it, and areas for media and onlookers.

Spencer's request to speak on Auburn's campus was initially allowed and he rented a room for $700 and agreed to pay for security. U.S. District Judge Keith Watkin allowed the appeal on Tuesday and ordered Auburn to let Spencer speak.

Spencer previously made news by addressing a far-right gathering where audience members gave a Nazi salute. The pair only got in about two punches before police took them to the ground and restrained them using plastic restraints.

Auburn Police on Wednesday released the identities of the three people who were arrested outside Auburn University's James E. Foy Hall before Richard Spencer's speech there Tuesday evening.

A booking mug of one of the suspects shows him bloody and bandaged because of a physical altercation between dueling demonstrators before the Tuesday night speech, the website reported.

None of the three were students at Auburn University or affiliated with the University in any way.

University administrators published a statement Tuesday indicating they would comply with the judge's order, but said that Spencer attempted to stoke conflict on the campus in a way that is "divisive and disruptive".

Auburn officials cited public safety concerns in trying to stop Spencer from appearing in the student union building.

"Discussing various ideas and perspectives is part of intellectual development, and we applaud those who did so in the spirit of respect and inclusion, even when faced with offensive views much different from their own", said the statement.

According to the April 18 complaint, the university had agreed to rent the auditorium at James E. Foy Hall to plaintiff Cameron Padgett "for the objective of providing a forum for Richard Spencer".

Following the talk, Spencer took to Twitter to exclaim, "Amazing victory tonight!"



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