Michigan State University students greeting Richard Spencer with protests

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EAST LANSING, Mich. (WJRT) (3/5/2018) - White nationalist Richard Spencer will be greeted by protests when he arrives at Michigan State University for a speech on campus Monday evening.

The highly controversial figure is scheduled to speak at the pavilion for agriculture and livestock education around 6:30 p.m.

Before noon, students and other groups were staging protests near the pavilion aimed at keeping Spencer from coming. A number of student groups also were planning alternative events to discourage people from going to Spencer's speech.

Security on that part of Michigan State's campus was very tight, with close to three dozen police patrol cars parked near the pavilion.

Spencer is known for coining the term "alt-right" and also known for speaking about his controversial views of anti-semitism, anti-immigration and white nationalism at college campuses across the country.

He already endured a fight just to obtain permission for Monday's speech to take place. Spencer, who is president of the National Policy Institute, originally requested to speak at Michigan State last August, but former university President Lou Ann Simon denied him due to security concerns.

Spencer sued to reverse that decision and won.

Michigan State students are on spring break this week and university officials are stressing that Spencer's speech is not sponsoring the event in any way. The university only is providing the venue for Spencer.

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