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Hundreds protest white nationalist Richard Spencer’s speech at Texas A&M

Texas A&M students Brendan D'Souza, right, and Sarah Minton paint a stencil on the "Expression Wall" put up in front of Kyle Field, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016, in College Station, Texas, before the university's "Aggies United" event.  .
Texas A&M students Brendan D'Souza, right, and Sarah Minton paint a stencil on the "Expression Wall" put up in front of Kyle Field, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016, in College Station, Texas, before the university's "Aggies United" event. . Timothy Hurst/College Station Eagle via AP

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Hundreds of people protested a white nationalist’s speaking engagement at the Texas A&M University campus.

Several groups protested outside of the student centre Tuesday night during and before the appearance by Richard Spencer, who leads a white nationalist organization. Some silently held placards while others loudly chanted slogans.

Hundreds gathered at nearby Kyle Field to hear music and speeches highlighting diversity and unity as a counter to Spencer.

Meanwhile, about 400 people filled a student centre ballroom – some listening to Spencer, others jeering him. Those attending the speech had to walk a gantlet of chanting protesters while leaving the hall.

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A&M officials say they didn’t schedule the speech by Spencer, who was invited to speak by a former student who reserved campus space available to the public.

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