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U. of Florida Denies White Supremacist Richard Spencer’s Request for Event Space

The University of Florida has denied the National Policy Institute’s request to rent event space for Richard Spencer, the white supremacist who leads the organization, to speak on campus, the university’s president said in a statementon Wednesday.

The university denied the request after the violent weekend on the University of Virginia’s campus highlighted potential safety risks for Florida’s campus, the statement said.  On social media, the city of Gainesville, Fla., was dubbed “the next battlefield” for violent protests from hate groups.