Preparations Already Underway At UF Ahead Of White Nationalist Speaker

Preparations Already Underway At UF Ahead Of White Nationalist Speaker


THE CAFETERIA WAS TO BLAME. 14 ADULTS WERE TAKEN TO THE HOSPITAL. NO STUDENT WAS EFFECTED. TONIGHT THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA CAMPUS IS ON EDGE ON THE EVE OF TOMORROW’S CONTROVERSIAL SPEECH BY WHITE SUPREMACIST RICHARD SPENCER. THERE IS CONCERN ABOUT POTENTIAL VIOLENCE THAT MIGHT ACCOMPANY THE VISIT. CBS 4 DAVID SUTTA HAS TRAVELED TO GAINESVILLE. HE IS JOINING US LIVE. DAVID, ARE OFFICIALS READY FOR THIS? Reporter: ELLIOT, THE WORD WOULD PROBABLY BE THEY HOPE SO. THE FEELING HERE RIGHT NOW IS ANXIETY AND SHOCK THAT THIS IS GOING TO HAPPEN. BEHIND ME THIS IS THE PHILLIPS PERFORMING ARTS CENTER. THIS IS WHERE SPENCER WILL BE SPEAKING TOMORROW AT 2:30. AS WE TAKE A LOOK, THERE IS NOT A WHOLE LOT THAT IS GOING ON. NOTHING TOO OVERWHELMING THOUGH. WHEN YOU TAKE A LOOK AT THE VIDEO WE SHOT ON CAMPUS, YOU WILL SEE AS WE ENTER THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA CAMPUS, THERE ARE PREPARATIONS UNDER WAY. YOU CANNOT MISS THE PROHIBITED ITEMS BANNER. MANY OF THE FOLKS THAT PLAN TO PROTEST THIS SPEECH ARE LOOK AT THIS SIGN SAYING IT’S NOT FAIR. THEY SHOULD BE ABLE TO BRING WATER. THEY SHOULD BE ABLE TO BRING FACE MASKS TO PROTECT THEMSELVES FROM THE POSSIBILITY OF BEING GASSED. TOMORROW MORNING THE CAMPUS PLANS TO CLOSE DOWN. CLASSES ARE NOT CANCELED BUT IF YOU ASK ANY OTHER STUDENT HERE, THEY WILL TELL YOU THE PROFESSORS TOLD THEM TO STAY HOME. WHILE THE WHITE SUPREMACIST SPEECH AND SUPPORTERS ARE CONCERNING, THERE IS EQUAL CONCERN FOR WHAT IS KNOWN AS ANTE FA. THIS IS THE ALT LEFT OR FAR LEFT PROTESTERS. THEY ARE KNOWN TO TAKE THEIR FIGHT TO THE ALT REICH. THEY OFTEN USE VIOLENCE TO GET THEIR MEANS ACROSS. USF HAS THAT CONCERN. THIS SCHOOL HAS ONE OF THE LARGEST JEWISH STUDENT POPULATIONS IN THE COUNTRY. NOW LIKE TODAY WE SPOKE WITH A UNIVERSITY SPOKESPERSON WHO TOLD US THEY ARE READY, THEY THINK. THEY HAVE PUT TOGETHER A COMPREHENSIVE PLAN ON PAR WITH WHAT YOU WOULD DO FOR GAME DAY. BUT ON A MUCH LARGER SCALE AND WITH MANY MORE OFFICERS AND FIRST RESPONDERS AND EQUIPMENT. WE ARE PREPARED FROM A LAW ENFORCEMENT ASPECT. BUT THE BIG QUESTION IS WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN TOMORROW AND THAT IS WHAT WE DON’T KNOW. Reporter: THROUGH ALL OF THIS YOU ARE SEEING REMARKABLE MOMENTS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA. THE COMMUNITY COMING TOGETHER. #TOGETHERUF HAS BEEN SEEN AROUND CAMPUS ON GREEK HOUSES AND SIDEWALKS. THERE IS PLANS FOR DISCUSSIONS ON SOCIAL MEDIA TOMORROW DURING THE SPEECH. A LOT OF STUDENTS BASICALLY AVOIDING COMING TO THIS AREA ALL TOGETHER AS THEIR WAY OF PROTESTING. BACK OUTLIVE, YOU SEE — BACK OUT LIVE, YOU SEE THE FLORIDA TROOPERS. ORIGINALLY THEY WERE GOING TO BE HANDED OUT FOR FREE FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED HERE AT THE PHILLIPS CENTER. YOU JUST HAD TO SHOW UP AND THEY WOULD GIVE YOU A TICKET. SOME BARRENS GOT CREATIVE. IF YOU WENT UP HERE, THEY WOULD GIVE YOU FREE BEER IN EXCHANGE FOR TICKETS. THE IDEA IS THAT NO ONE WOULD GO TO THE SPEECH AND EVERYONE WOULD BE AT THE BAR. THE ORGANIZATION DECIDED A WAY AROUND THAT. THEY ARE NOW DISTRIBUTING TICKETS TOMORROW 1:00. THEY WILL BE SET UP AT A CERTAIN LOCATION. APPARENTLY WITH PROTECTION FROM THE UNIVERSITY AND AUTHORITIES HERE. AND THEY ARE GOING TO HAND OUT THOSE TICKETS TO WHATEVER THEY CHOOSE. SO YOU WILL COME UP AND ASK FOR A TICKET AND DECIDE WHETHER YOU GET ONE BASED ON HOW YOU LOOK. ELLIOT. DAVID, A LITTLE WHILE AGO YOU MENTIONED SOCIAL MEDIA. THERE IS WORD ON SOCIAL MEDIA THAT A WHITE NATIONALIST DEMONSTRATION IS PLAYING TONIGHT IN GAINESVILLE AT ONE OF THE LOCAL PARKS. HAVE YOU SEEN ANY EVIDENCE THAT THIS IS HAPPENING? SO WE HEARD THAT AS WELL ON CAMPUS TODAY. IN ADDITION TO SOCIAL MEDIA. WE DID CHECK OUT THE PARK WHERE THIS WAS SUPPOSEDLY GOING TO HAPPEN. ABOUT 45 MINUTES AGO I CAN TELL YOU THERE WERE FAMILIES THERE AND THERE WAS A PRESENCE OF EIGHT POLICE OFFICERS. SO THEY ARE DEFINITELY MONITORING AND AWARE. THERE IS NEW WORD THERE MIGHT BE SOME OTHER PROTEST HAPPENING LATER TONIGHT. WE’LL CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE SITUATION. AND I’M SURE THE POLICE WILL

2 thoughts on “Preparations Already Underway At UF Ahead Of White Nationalist Speaker

  1. They get to choose who they let in to hear their white power call to arms? The city and the police are okay with that?

  2. What gets me is if spokeswoman said they are preparing as if it a game….ever been to UF game security is very lax. Hope everyone will be ok up there.

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