On Friday, Campus Reform reported that students who attended a speech given by Lauren Southern, a conservative and libertarian Canadian political commentator, author, journalist, and YouTube sensation, were harrassed and attacked by Antifa thugs on bikes.
“The protesters started peacefully enough,” junior Adam Bowen said, according to CFACT. “They even had a 4 piece marching band that was actually really good.”
According to Adam Houser:
Masked protesters waited, however, until some of the police presence had died down after the talk by Southern concluded. They then proceeded to mark and ambush departing CFACT students. Mitch Bendis, responsible for live streaming the event, was ambushed by a half dozen masked ANTIFA members as he left the venue loaded down with a large and expensive video camera and a box of event supplies.
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“Things got ugly after the event,” said CFACT adviser Bill Gilles. “The police were doing a great job of protecting the area around Anderson Hall, but masked ANTIFA members on bikes were tagging event attendees then bringing in large groups of masked ANTIFA to harass and assault people as they walked away from the hall.”
The masked protesters blocked the students’ way and started taunting another student, Nathan Amundson. They attempted to push Nathan to the ground and he was punched by one of the protesters in the shoulder. Since the masked protesters couldn’t reach Mitch, they spit on him and stole CFACT’s banner out of the box of supplies.
“We were sitting ducks,” recalled Mitch Henders. “Soon we had a group of at least six protesters following us, filming and harassing us. I elected not to feed the trolls and continue minding my own business. Then, I felt a big gob of spit hit the back of my head. One of them spit on me. Before I could comprehend what happened, they shoved me and I nearly fell…I was completely overwhelmed. I didn’t know what to do. Luckily, my friend called the police and that scared them off.”
Mike Ziebarth, CFACT club president and a sophomore at the university, added: “The attacks were not random. Event goers were tagged and then coordinated ANTIFA assault teams descended on small groups of attendees.”
Campus Reform further said:
Antifa-related groups had planned to protest her presence on campus, and a group of nearly 200 protesters showed up at the event chanting “Nazi scum, off our streets” while carrying signs that said “Minnesota against white supremacy” and “Bigotry not allowed.”
One left-leaning publication in Minnesota, City Pages, went so far as to accuse Southern of being part of the “alt-right,” a charge that she dismissed by saying the alt-right would find that claim “laughable.”
There were no reports of injuries, but when the protesters and attendees began clashing, the police sprayed a chemical irritant three times to break them up, according to university spokesman Evan Lapiska.
Southern tweeted a picture of the attendees inside Anderson Hall and wrote, “They all survived the shrieking commies outside.”
At least one person — Brittany Paige Cusack, 21, of Minneapolis — was arrested was cited for disorderly conduct, but, CFACT said, “that total should go up to 5 or 6 once those reports are revised.”
“Another CFACT student, Anders Koskinen, was blocked by a short, white protester who got in his face and and made angry remarks including calling him a “nazi.” The actions attracted dozens more protesters, who started harassing Anders and prevented him from entering the talk. One protester then reached into Anders’ front pocket and ripped his keys out of his pants as he attempted to pass. Thankfully the keys were tossed in a place that Anders was able to retrieve them once he got through the gauntlet,” Houser said.
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