Expert offers advice ahead of white nationalist event: 'Don't engage'

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White supremacist Richard Spencer is scheduled to speak this Thursday (Oct. 19) afternoon on the University of Florida's (UF) Gainesville campus.

After Spencer succeeded in rescheduling his event, University of Florida President Kent Fuchs emailed students urging them to stay away from the speech, as Spencer only wanted "to provoke a reaction", and to speak out against his message of "hate and racism".

Scott warned in an executive order Monday that a "threat of a potential emergency is imminent" in Alachua County, in north Florida. On Oct. 7, he returned to Charlottesville to lead a white-nationalist march through the University of Virginia campus where the September incidents (which included the murder of a woman who was counter-protesting the white nationalists) occurred.

Scott's order establishes a "cooperative and coordinated security plan" among state and local law-enforcement agencies to ensure that they are "sufficiently prepared to deal with any security and safety issues related to the speaking engagement", which is slated for the university's Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.

The order also activates the Florida National Guard to help with security efforts.

Spencer's group, the National Policy Institute, is paying the university $10,564 for facility rental and security.

During a press conference on Monday, No Nazi at UF organizers said they will not be violent in any of their protests during Spencer's speech.

"Law enforcement is going to be well-prepared", Bondi said.


"We live in a country where everyone has the right to voice their opinion; however, we have zero tolerance for violence, and public safety is always our number one priority", Scott said in a statement.

Additionally, there was a letter signed by over 500 faculty and students at the University of Florida demanding that Spencer be denied his Constitutional rights.

The group has linked to videos of protesters asking the school's administration to stop the speech.

"We are hoping this is a nonevent", Alachua County Sheriff Sadie Darnell said.

A group in Orlando made a decision to take action shortly after that event.

"The sheriff asked me to do the emergency order to make sure we had all the resources that might be needed to make sure the event that happens on Thursday goes without a hitch", Scott said. "But we don't know that, so we're taking it very seriously", Darnell said.

"If you are like me, I expect you are surprised and even shocked to learn that UF is required by law to allow Mr. Spencer to speak his racist views on our campus, and that we are not allowed by law to bill him for the full costs of keeping our campus safe, which exceed more than a half million dollars", he wrote.

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