Crowds chanting ‘Nazis aren’t welcome here!’ silence white supremacist speech
Crowds of protesters swarmed to a college campus where white supremacist Richard Spencer gave a speech.
People chanting ‘Nazis are not welcome here!’ overshadowed his talk at the University of Florida in Gainesville on Thursday.
Spencer participated in the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, where a woman was killed and dozens were injured.
A state of emergency was declared in the area by Florida governor Rick Scott after concerns were raised about the event becoming violent.
He said: ‘Because of the foregoing conditions, and to provide for the necessary and appropriate coordination of state and local law enforcement resources, I find that the threat of a potential emergency is imminent and hereby declare a state of emergency.’
Spencer had wanted to speak at a public event in the immediate aftermath of Charlottesville, but was denied exposure.
University of Florida President W. Kent Fuchs said he disagreed with Spencer’s rhetoric but said he was powerless when it came to the white supremacist renting out space for speech.
There was a mammoth police presence for the event.
Heather Heyer was killed as a car driven by a suspected white supremacist rammed into a crowd protesting against the alt-right marches in Charlottesville earlier this summer.
Dozens others were injured in the weekend violence.
The driver, James Fields, 20, has since been charged with her murder.
A number of Confederate statues have been torn down across the country in the wake of Charlottesvilles — something that sparked the violence in the first place.