Police were called after protestors pulled a fire alarm prior to the speech on immigration policies. There were at least three violent incidents with protestors targeting student backers of the event, Tancredo, R-Littleton, said today.Sounds amazingly like the protest at Columbia in October which prevented anti-immigrant "Minuteman Project" founder Jim Gilchrist from speaking.
"One was spit on, one was kicked, and one was punched," Tancredo said in an e-mail. "Tires were also slashed."
Tancredo went to Michigan State University College of Law as part of a visit to the state to talk about immigration. He leads the group that opposes legal status for illegal immigrants.No idea what group that is. I thought Tancredo was a lone loudmouth.
The News provides details:
According to The State News of Michigan, Tancredo's talk on illegal immigration "turned violent" when about 10 to 20 protesters crashed the event and scuffled with event sponsors from the MSU College Republicans and Young Americans for Freedom.He may be a totalitarian in training, but at least the lad is religious.
"It saddens me that my fellow Spartans would display this type of behavior," Kyle Bristow, chairman of the Young Americans for Freedom, told the newspaper.
He was quoted saying that he was kicked and spat upon by protesters outside the MSU College of Law, where the event took place.
Tancredo has become both famous and infamous for his controversial statements denouncing what he calls uncontrolled immigration and the "cult of multiculturalism."
Most of this week, he has been in a public spat with Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and other Floridians after he described the city of Miami as resembling a "Third World country."
At Thursday night's event, protesters reportedly gathered inside the building where the event was being held, some carrying signs reading, "Ignorant Racist," the newspaper reported.
Twice during the event, fire alarms were pulled and the building had to be evacuated.
The State News quoted protester Randy McPhereson, who carried a sign saying, "Where's the wall to keep you out?"
"God works in mysterious ways," McPherson said about the second fire alarm. "(Tancredo) shouldn't be here."
"The speech had lots of disruptions by protestors trying to 'silence' me," Tancredo wrote. "Apparently they declared ahead of time on (facebook.com) that they would not allow me to speak."Why'd he put "silence" in "quotes"?
The Post says "about 40" attended Tancredo's speech. Wonder if that includes the "10 to 20" protestors. Either way, it's gratifyingly pathetic.