Reporters surround white supremacist Richard Spencer during the first day of the Conservative Political Action Conference at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center on Feb. 23, 2017, in National Harbor, Maryland. American Conservative Union Chairman Matt Schlapp said Spencer was “not part of the agenda” at CPAC. Hosted by the American Conservative Union, CPAC is an annual gathering of right-wing politicians, commentators and their supporters. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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Alt-right icon Richard Spencer sparks clashes at Auburn; 3 arrested

AUBURN, Ala. — Alt-right spokesman Richard Spencer brought his version of white supremacist thought to the Auburn University campus Tuesday, despite efforts by university officials to shut him down.

Spencer spoke in a rented hall on campus to a crowd of at least 430, a mix of supporters and opponents. Earlier in the week, the university had canceled his speech on public safety grounds, fearing a clash between Spencer’s hard-core followers and anti-fascist activists, many of whom traveled from Atlanta to disrupt the event.

Protesters clashed with police at Auburn University Tuesday after a white nationalist Richard Spencer won a court battle to speak on campus. University police said they arrested three demonstrators.
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The speech almost did not happen, but a federal judge in Montgomery overruled the university hours before the scheduled appearance, a delighted Spencer told his audience.

“We won a victory that is going to have echoes around the world,” Spencer said to loud applause, largely from the front of the hall where a group almost exclusively of white men sat.

Spencer followed with a mostly rambling speech about white identity and meaning in the face of an increasingly global and diverse America. While outside, hundreds more students and out-of-town protesters waited for him to leave.

Three protesters were arrested for disorderly conduct after clashes with the large contingent of police on campus.

When the event ended, around 9 p.m. central time, hundreds of students surrounded the alt-right activists leaving the hall, eventually chasing them off campus at a full sprint.

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Richard Spencer, a leader of the alt-right movement, appeared at a press conference in College Station, Texas, where he said although he doesn't believe Donald Trump is a supporter of the alt-right, he does think that Trump is a "sort of alt-right he

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