7 Arrested Outside Milo Yiannopoulos Speech

'We come out and try and be louder than them,' protester says
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 1, 2017 12:12 AM CDT
7 Arrested Outside Milo Yiannopoulos Speech
In this Feb. 21, 2017 photo, Milo Yiannopoulos pauses while speaking during a news conference in New York.   (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

Police arrested seven people after scuffles and at least one serious fight broke out between protesters and people attending a speech by conservative commentator Milo Yiannopoulos at a Southern California college Tuesday night. Dozens of protesters at California State University, Fullerton stood outside barricades chanting "Black lives matter," and "Cops and the Klan go hand in hand." Some carried signs that read, "Immigrants in, racists out." While heated, they were mostly peaceful, but one woman protesting punched a Yiannopoulos supporter several times before a third person subdued her with pepper spray, the AP reports. The woman who was attacked, Genevieve Peters, said a protester holding a baby had been screaming so wildly that she had told her she needed to be careful for her baby. Peters said that set the woman off and an argument led to the woman attacking her.

"She came and just punched me in the side of the head, and came running after me, and my friends had to get her off," said Peters, who described herself as a "rabid" and "proud" supporter of President Trump. "She tried to punch me three or four times. I feel sorry for her because she has so much anger." Dozens of police officers, some of them in riot gear, were outside the venue, where hundreds showed up to listen to Yiannopoulos. "We come out and try and be louder than them," said Claudia Brick, 66, who was among those protesting Yiannopoulos. "We believe in their right to free speech as well, but we believe we can get our message across louder, and there are certainly more of us." A series of other scheduled speeches by Yiannopoulos on what he has called his "Troll Academy Tour" have fallen through.

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