Controversial right-wing speaker at UNM triggers protests

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Hundreds of protesters gathered outside on the University of New Mexico campus Friday night to protest right-wing speaker Milo Yiannopoulos. The activist has often been called a sexist and a racist.

Hundreds attended his speech Friday to hear him speak about everything from immigration, to terrorism and Donald Trump. But the voices outside were loud as well.

Protesters at UNM chanted and held signs. Police in riot gear arrived to break it up.

At one point, deputies pushed a man as they were trying to make the protesters back up and disperse. He fell to the ground, dropping his cane. He was then arrested.

The protesters were in response to Milo Yiannopoulos, the controversial, openly gay conservative who often draws crowds for and against his views.

“He goes right for people’s insecurities and strokes them, and he’s just walking click bait, like, I don’t know if he honestly believes anything he says,” said a protester.

KRQE News 13 crews also spotted a girl being arrested after about five people threw an object at an SUV.

State Police chased and arrested the girl in the group.

Eventually, the protesters did disperse after police told them they could get arrested.

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