Judge orders Auburn to let white nationalist Spencer speak

All three were arrested outside the event and charged with disorderly conduct, Capt. Lorenza Dorsey of the Auburn Police Division told The Associated Press.

The arrests were made at approximately 6 p.m. after a fight broke out between two middle-aged protestors.

"The alt-right is about being a white person, being a European in the 21st century", he said during Tuesday's event.

U.S. District Court Judge W. Keith Watkins granted Spencer's request for an injunction at the last minute after the university canceled his planned address for safety reasons, CNN reported. A federal judge on Tuesday ordered the university to honor the speaking event, citing free speech.

White supremacist Richard Spencer spoke at Auburn University, and one black student there perfectly challenged him.

Spencer, a leader of the so-called alt-right movement, had originally been scheduled to speak at Foy Hall on campus.

Spencer previously advocated for an all-white country, stating in 2013, "We need an ethno-state, so that our people can 'come home again, ' can live amongst family and feel safe and secure".


The university issued a statement earlier in the day urging students and others to take precautions for their safety.

"Auburn University supports the rights and privileges afforded by the First Amendment. Auburn is engaging in a thinly disguised ideological litmus test by which those sharing its official views find their rights protected while those who challenge the Auburn views have their right to freedom of speech canceled base [sic] on some anonymous telephone threats".

Spencer says he plans to speak at Auburn on Tuesday evening regardless of the school's decision.

Protests greeted Spencer's speech in December at Texas A&M University, where police reportedly had to stop rowdy audience members from charging the stage.

Spencer posted a video statement to YouTube, calling the judge's ruling a "great victory" for the alt-right and free speech.

Students staged an #AuburnUnites music festival to promote a peaceful response to Spencer's visit, according to the student paper, the Plainsman.

  • Annette Adams