Tensions high, arrests made at white nationalist's visit to Michigan

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Protesters have clashed with police and supporters of white nationalist Richard Spencer during his visit to Michigan State University. Spencer blamed the low attendance at his talk on the protests.

To prep for any problems, the captain said campus police received "mutual aid" from other law enforcement agencies in MI.

Between 12 and 24 people were arrested for a range of felony and misdemeanor offenses, including weapons violations and hindering and obstructing police, said MSU Police Capt. Doug Monette.

Monette said his number one concern was maintaining safety on campus.

Michigan State University students are now on spring break, but many reportedly showed up for the speech. The university is now on spring break.

One MSU student who remained on campus told the school newspaper, The State News, that "If it was during the school year, we would've had, like, probably a thousand people".




Spencer said he changed his speech before of the violence outside, which he laid squarely on the Antifa protesters.

Spencer is also known for coining the term "alt-right", a movement associated with white supremacist ideology.

Spencer is the leader of the National Policy Institute, or NPI.

He said an aid of his was attacked and injured by counter-protesters. Protestors tried to push the attendees back and threw water bottles, sticks, and other objects at them. "I think he's open to various points of view", said Henry Herskovitz, who attended Spencer's speech. "We want to let him know there's more people out here who hate what he stands for than who are going to be inside listening".

50 people heard Spencer speak.

Protesters crowded into a remote corner of the Michigan State University campus Monday.

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