State of Emergency Declared for Richard Spencer Speech

Florida governor declares state of emergency ahead of white nationalist Richard Spencer's speech

Following a request from Alachua County Sheriff Sadie Darnell, Governor Rick Scott today signed Executive Order 17-264 to assist local law enforcement's response to rallies planned on the University of Florida campus this Thursday.

Meanwhile, Gov. Rick Scott got backing from Cabinet members for the state of emergency he declared in Alachua County. Spencer is slated to speak at the campus on Thursday and his pending appearance has already sparked protests in the university town. The group fought briefly with counterprotesters, and violence worsened the following day when a man drove a auto into a crowd of people protesting a planned "Unite the Right" rally, killing a woman and injuring others.

Cameron Padgett, a Georgia State University student who helped organize Spencer's speech in Gainesville, posted a video on Twitter [twitter.com] Monday, with an update about how to get tickets for the event.

"I don't think so".

The school had denied an earlier request from Spencer to speak in September, citing imminent threats against Gainesville and the university following the violence in Charlottesville, Va.

Spencer's group, the National Policy Institute, is paying the university $10,564 for facility rental and security.

"One of the concerns from a health and safety perspective is that people need to have water", said Florida Legal Services attorney Andrea Costello, whose law firm threatened to sue UF last week over the banned items.

UF plans to remain open during the event, but access to campus buildings will be tightly restricted, and its faculty has been asked to be understanding of students who are fearful to be on campus that day.

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Darnell said Scott's executive order was not meant to "alarm anyone", but to make sure that her office has the "resources and equipment to help us prepare for violence or widespread property damage".

Gov. Scott released a statement saying in part that Florida has zero tolerance for violence and public safety is always the No. 1 priority.

During a press conference on Monday, No Nazi at UF organizers said they will not be violent in any of their protests during Spencer's speech.

A group in Orlando chose to take action shortly after that event.

Fuchs and the university have made clear that they do not endorse Spencer's neo-Nazi ideology, but maintain the state school is required by law to allow him to appear.

Bristow is seeking to schedule Spencer's speech at Ohio State for sometime this winter.

The group has also organized a "teach-in" on Tuesday that will have a "panel discussion with professors from UF" encouraging people to "come out and learn about anti-racism, anti-fascism and what we can do in the face of oppression". "It is our creation and our inheritance, and it belongs to us", he said.

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