Police and protesters swarmed the University of Florida on Thursday as the campus braced for a speech by white nationalist Richard Spencer, whose planned appearance led Florida's governor to declare a state of emergency for the area.
The Orlando Sentinel reports that the The National Policy Institute, Spencer's group, originally requested space to speak at UF on Sep.
Last night, law enforcement from all over the state packed the college community with officers visible on almost every block around the UF campus by sundown. One person died and dozens were hurt when a auto being driven by a white supremacist plowed into a group of counter-protesters.
Protesters shouted, "Not in our town!" Conservative legislators will have to choose between a platform of pushing fiscal responsibility and one of pushing free speech above all - and account to their voters based on said choice.
Fuchs told CNN there would be more police on campus than at any time in the university's history.
The college said it would have to spend more than $500,000 (£380,000) on security.
The clashes some feared didn't happen, as Spencer's outnumbered fans seemed focused on attending the event at the Curtis M. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts rather than on confronting the crowds.
Cameron Padgett, a Georgia State University student who organized the event at University of Florida for Spencer, called the high security costs "discouraging", and said anyone from either side who incites violence should be arrested. "This executive order is an additional step to ensure that the University of Florida and the entire community is prepared so everyone can stay safe".
UF finally granted their request after the National Policy Institute threatened to sue the school.
But at a news conference shortly before he was scheduled to take the stage, a combative Spencer demanded apologies from the media and characterized himself as a victim. In a 2015 interview with Vice magazine, Spencer said that, "He prefers the terms "alternative right" and "identitarianist" over "racist" or 'white supremacist'". The university banned an extensive list of items, including torches, masks, weapons and athletic equipment that could be used as a weapon.
"Even under oppression, we keep bringing our views to the public", he said.