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Richard Spencer at UF: More protests than speech in Gainesville, Florida

MiamiHerald / It wasn’t Charlottesville.

When prominent white nationalist Richard Spencer came to the University of Florida on Thursday, incidents of violence were limited because of a $600,000 police presence from across the state. What conflict did occur – pepper spraying, punching, chasing – was largely instigated by anti-fascist protesters.

There were five minor injuries and two arrests – one for a Gainesville man charged with resisting arrest without violence and the other for a media member’s security guard found with a pistol and a knife.

Supporters of the alt-right firebrand were largely outnumbered, as hundreds of protesters flooded the street outside the Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, where Spencer spoke.

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