Protesters clash with police ahead of Richard Spencer’s speech at Michigan State

Activists were reported to be chanting, “No Nazis, no KKK, no fascist USA,” and “Punch a Nazi”, while the protest outside the speech of overt white nationalist Richard Spencer out of the Michigan State University Monday.

More than 100 protesters with masks and signs with the scores of police in riot gear armed with pepper spray Monday outside the Michigan State University, where overt white nationalist Richard Spencer scheduled to speak, postpone the address until later in the afternoon about the security.

MSU Police Captain Doug Monette confirmed to Fox News that 24 people were arrested in the parking lot of the school in the field of agriculture and livestock education pavilion, where Spencer was scheduled to speak.

The police makes arrests @wzzm13

— Amir Abbas (@AmirAbbasWZZM) March 5, 2018

Fox 17 reported other protests and peaceful marches have taken place in East Lansing.

Protesters chanting “No Nazis, no KKK, no fascist USA,” outside where Richard Spencer will speak at MSU. #StopSpencerMSU

— Marty Slagter (@slagterm) March 5, 2018

Activists were reported to be chanting, “No Nazis, no KKK, no fascist USA,” and “Punch a Nazi.”

Several “punch a Nazi” chants now taking place. #RichardSpencer #StopSpencerMSU

— Marty Slagter (@slagterm) March 5, 2018

Spencer is Monday, comes to visit while MSU students are on spring break.

In response to a question from the school told The Associated Press that Spencer’s appearance is not a school sponsored event and MSU is “just the hall.”

Michigan State said: “all appropriate security measures” would be taken with the Spencer appearance, which was scheduled at the settlement of a lawsuit. An MSU spokesman said in a statement that the school rejects “divisive and racist messages.”

The police in riot gear w/o body cameras

— Colin Beresford (@Colin_beresford) March 5, 2018

Spencer, who is the leader of the national Policy Institute think-tank, has contributed to the popularizing the term “alt-right” to refer to a marginal movement that is a mix of white nationalist, white supremacist, anti-Semitic and anti-immigrant beliefs. Spencer has refused to be labeled a Nazi, racist or white supremacist, says he prefers to be called an “identitarian.”

Spencer was a scheduled speaker at the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, last August that led to deadly violence as a man struck and killed a protester with his car. For a following Oct. 19 the appearance of the University of Florida, the officials of the estimated expenses of $600,000.

The University of Cincinnati in October last year, agreed with Spencer to speak, with the board of supervision in the public to condemn hate while citing the fundamental right to free speech at a public university. His lawyer, indicted in January after the school demanded nearly $11,000 for a security fee, which it later said was a “fraction” of the expected costs. The case is pending before a federal judge.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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