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In Photos: Demonstrators March At UF As Richard Spencer Speaks

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Activists and students protest near the Phillips Center at the University of Florida on Thursday as white nationalist Richard Spencer speaks on campus.

The sense of unity and togetherness was unparalleled as the protesters circled around the intersection of SW 34th St. and Hull Road, just outside the venue Richard Spencer spoke in. (Christy Piña/WUFT News)

 

A supporter of white nationalist Richard Spencer argures with protesters during a clash after a speech by Spencer, Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017, at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Fla. (Mercedes Leguizamon/WUFT News)
Protestors hang a “Never Again” banner in Gainesville, Fla. during National Policy Institute’s Richard Spencer’s speech at the Phillips Center. (Mercedes Leguizamon/WUFT News)
Chris Magic, left, argues with a supporter of white nationalist Richard Spencer during a clash after a speech by Spencer, Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017, at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Fla. (Mercedes Leguizamon/WUFT News)
Chris Magic, left, argues with a supporter of white nationalist Richard Spencer during a clash after a speech by Spencer, Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017, at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Fla. (Mercedes Leguizamon/WUFT News)
Randy Furniss, of Idaho, bleeds after getting punched in the face as he walked through a crowd of protesters outside a University of Florida auditorium where white nationalist Richard Spencer was preparing to speak, Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017 in Gainesville, Fla. (Mercedes Leguizamon/WUFT News)
Thousands of people protest at the University of Florida where white nationalist Richard Spencer was preparing to speak, Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017 in Gainesville, Fla. (Mercedes Leguizamon/WUFT News)
Thousands of people protest at the University of Florida where white nationalist Richard Spencer was preparing to speak, Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017 in Gainesville, Fla. (Mercedes Leguizamon/WUFT News)
Activists gather near the Phillips Center before before Richard Spencer’s 2:30 p.m. speech. (Grace King/WUFT News)

 

“Say it loud, say it clear, immigrants are welcome here!” protesters chant. (Grace King/WUFT News)

 

Demonstrators march down Hull Road with a “No Nazis at UF” sign. (Grace King/WUFT News)

 

People of all ages gathered outside the Phillips Center at the University of Florida to protest Richard Spencer. (Christy Piña/WUFTNews)

 

Women and men of all ages protested Richard Spencer fearlessly and admirably on Thursday at the University of Florida. (Christy Piña/WUFT News)

 

White supremacy targets anybody who is not white. On Thursday, the people who are often targeted by white supremacists fought back peacefully, and won. (Christy Piña/WUFT News)

 

All kinds of uplifting quotes decorated the posters protesters brought to the University of Florida on Thursday in response to Richard Spencer’s speech. (Christy Piña/WUFT News)

 

When Richard Spencer speaking at UF first became a possibilty, a Facebook event titled “No Nazis at UF” was created. On Thursday, the leaders of that event led protesters down SW 34th St. to the Curtis M. Phillips Center. (Christy Pina/WUFT News)

 

People with all kinds of signs lined Hull Road Thursday before Richard Specer’s speech at the Curtis M. Phillips Center at the University of Florida. (Christy Piña/WUFTNews)

 

A helicopter circles the area with the message, “Love conquers hate! Love will prevail!” (Grace King/WUFT News)

 

Protesters at Southwest 34th Street and Hull Road. (Grace King/WUFT News)

 

Florida Highway Patrol troopers walk across Southwest 34th Street to the main protest site. (Michael Stone/WUFT News)

 

A man wearing a Black Lives Matter shirt walks along Hull Road with other demonstrators. (Michael Stone/WUFT News)

 

A woman walks along Hull Road while holding an equality flag. (Michael Stone/WUFT News)

 

A woman walks along Hull Road holding a sign. (Michael Stone/WUFT News)

 

A man talks with reporters near the Phillips Center prior to Richard Spencer’s speech. (Michael Stone/WUFT News)

 

A woman walks along Hull Road while holding small signs. (Michael Stone/WUFT News)

 

Demonstrators hold a “No Nazis at UF” sign on Southwest 34th Street. Authorities closed this section of the road for Richard Spencer’s appearance. (Michael Stone/WUFT News)

 

Demonstrators hold an equality sign at the intersection of Hull Road and Southwest 34th Street. (Michael Stone/WUFT News)

 

Florida Highway Patrol troopers stand along Hull Road as demonstrators march. (Michael Stone/WUFT News)

 

Law enforcement and men wearing white shirts and sunglasses stand at a side entrance to the Phillips Center prior to Richard Spencer’s speech. This entrance was used instead of the center’s regular one. (Michael Stone/WUFT News)

 

Demonstrators gather at the side entrance to the Phillips Center. (Michael Stone/WUFT News)

 

Law enforcement watches over the area from atop UF’s Southwest Recreation Center. (Michael Stone/WUFT News)

 

A woman marches along Hull Road with other demonstrators. (Ethan Bauer/WUFT News)

 

A demonstrator holds a “No Nazis, No KKK, No Fascist USA” sign at Southwest 34th Street and Hull Road. (Ethan Bauer/WUFT News)

 

A demonstrator holds a sign. (Ethan Bauer/WUFT News)

 

A demonstrator shouts at the intersection of Hull Road and Southwest 34th Street. (Ethan Bauer/WUFT News)

 

Seth Smith, an Iraq War veteran, said he was denied tickets to sit in on Richard Spencer’s speech because of his cane and his pride pin. (Justin Ford/WUFT News)

 

Protesters gather en masse near the Phillips Center at the corner of Bledsoe Drive and Hull Road, waiting to move on where tickets for the Richard Spencer event were being distributed. (Justin Ford/WUFT News)

 

Leaders of the “NoNazis@UF” protest announce to the crowads that they are moving towards ticket distribution. (Justin Ford/WUFT News)

 

Rows of police stand vigil as protesters chant and circle the intersection of Hull Road and NW 34th Drive. (Justin Ford/WUFT News)
Police in riot gear block a large part of NW 34th Street to ebb the flow of protestors marching along the road from SW 20th Avenue towards the Phillips Center. (Justin Ford/WUFT News)
Seth Smith, an Iraq War veteran, said he was denied tickets to sit in on Richard Spencer’s speech because of his cane and his pride pin. (Michael Stone/WUFT News)

 

Greg Cruz (left) and David Henry (right) get into an argument as Richard Spencer speaks inside the Curtis M. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, Thursday, October 19, 2017  (Jessica Rodriguez/ WUFT News)

 

Crystal Fanuelsen (left) and a woman who did not give her name (right) take a second to pose for a picture after a crowd pushed a man wearing Nazi signs in front of the Hilton UF Conference Center Hotel. (Jessica Rodriguez / WUFT News)
A woman walks with a sign as she protests Richard Spencer’s speech Thursday, October 19. 2017 (Jessica Rodriguez / WUFT News)
Students gather in the Parking Lot of Southwest Recreation Center, Thursday October 19, 2017, as they protest Richard Spencer speaking at the University of Florida (Jessica Rodriguez / WUFT News)

About Grace King

Grace is a reporter for WUFT News who may be contacted by calling 352-392-6397 or emailing grace.king@ufl.edu.

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  • Derek Wohlust

    Cheers to Michael Stone, Ethan Bauer, and Justin Ford for these brilliant images. Keep up the good work.