Protests greet 'alt-right' speaker in Auburn, Alabama

After the threats of violence, the administration of the school changed their minds and "banned" the white nationalist from speaking but Spencer's right for free speech still allowed him to do what he planned.

"They understand and know that they're able to come together and either celebrate or come show support or opposition to whatever situation and yet understand that there has to be peace and order", Captain Lorenza Dorsey said.

An initial agreement between Cameron Padgett, who rented the facility for Spencer's talk, and the university included a $700 rental fee for the Foy auditorium and additional costs for security. When he said that it was "truly sick" that Auburn would bring in people who were "not the greatest exemplars of the African race", who would sexually abuse the white women on campus, someone in the crowd screamed back that "white men rape, too".

Hundreds gathered before his talk around Foy Hall, where Spencer appeared, according to

Student groups organized a concert before the speech in what they called a peaceful counter to Spencer's hate speech.

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Auburn University itself was reportedly surprised by Spencer's arrival.

"I think it means a lot that the arrests weren't students", the police chief said. U.S. District Judge Keith Watkin allowed the appeal on Tuesday and ordered Auburn to let Spencer speak. For the sake of openness, I must admit that I am a proud alumnus of Auburn University and was one of the founders of its black-alumni association.

Widely circulated video footage showed some Trump supporters giving Nazi-style salutes to Spencer during a gathering in Washington to celebrate the Republican candidate's win.

The Alabama university had cancelled the scheduled appearance on Friday, citing safety concerns. "While his event isn't affiliated with the university, Auburn supports the constitutional right to free speech".

At one point, however, even the supportive students jeered when he criticized the Southeastern Conference and college football, which is a cherished institution at Auburn and across the American South.