Police are preparing for the expected violence that often times comes with speeches from controversial alt-right figureheads.
Alt-Right instigator Milo Yiannopoulos, former editor of the white supremacist publication Breitbart.com, is scheduled to speak at Cal State University campus in Fullerton, California on Halloween night. Student groups are planning a “unity” party demonstration to protest his hateful rhetoric.
About 800 people are expected to attend the speech at California State University, Fullerton, but it’s unclear how many might show up in opposition, reported AP.
Masks and face paint have been prohibited in a cordoned-off area around the event and only ticketholders will be allowed in.
Buzzfeed reported recently that Yiannopoulos consulted with white supremacist leaders on an essay defining the alt-right movement as part of an effort to mainstream bigoted philosophies.
Yiannopoulos was invited to speak by the College Republicans. Brooke Paz, a spokeswoman for the group, said the goal was to draw attention to free speech and the presence of politically conservative students on campus.
“We really just felt left out of the conversations on campus as conservatives and bringing him has really started this conversation about free speech,” she said.
“I’m finding a lot of students don’t really care,” Paz said, according to CBS4. “They don’t know who he is and are just excited for Halloween.”
Brittany Goss, an organizer for Students for Quality Education, said she wishes the school hadn’t allowed the event, which is prompting a campus bookstore and recreation center to close early as a precaution.
Activist group Students for Quality Education has a “Unity Block Party” planned for the afternoon and will rally a half-hour before Yiannopoulos starts his speech at 6.
(Article By James Carter)