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UNC student group plans to protest speaker again

Posted April 21, 2010

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— A student group plans to protest a second speech by former Congressman Tom Tancredo at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill next week.

Students for a Democratic Society planned to announce their protest plans Wednesday for Tancredo's speech for the student group Youth for Western Civilization.

Tancredo will give his speech, entitled "Why Western Civilization is Worth Saving," in the Student Union auditorium at 7 p.m. Monday.

SDS issued a statement saying they oppose statements made by Tancredo, an outspoken critic of current immigration policies, at recent tea party events.

Last April, SDS organized protests during speeches by Tancredo and Virgil Goode, a former independent Virginia state representative, at Youth for Western Civilization events.

Protesters disrupted Tancredo's speech by shouting profanities and unfurling banners, and police had to use pepper spray after demonstrators broke a window. A UNC student was arrested at the protest, but charges of disorderly conduct against her were dropped.

SDS blamed police for escalating the incident. UNC System President Erskine Bowles and UNC Chancellor Holden Thorp denounced the incident and apologized to Tancredo.

Youth for Western Civilization opposes what it calls mass immigration and radical multiculturalism. SDS says that the group promotes hate speech that should not be tolerated.

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  • lost in translation Apr 22, 2010

    SDS = Losers

  • NCStatePack Apr 22, 2010

    "Come on.... its someones FUNERAL! Do you think that is a time of protest when a family is laying a member to rest??? REALLY? Get a grip!"

    Of course I find it distasteful, but it is their first amendment right to do it.

    You cannot have it both ways when it comes to free speech.

  • wralgolo2 Apr 22, 2010

    This would happen in Chapel Hill.

  • ncguy Apr 22, 2010

    I would bet half of them don't even go to UNC.

    anything for a cause- because they have nothing else...

  • NCPictures Apr 22, 2010

    "I find it funny that the same people who are ridiculing the UNC students for protesting this event, calling them close-minded and whatnot, are the same people who want the westboro baptist church people banned from the funerals they protest." -----NCStatePack

    Come on.... its someones FUNERAL! Do you think that is a time of protest when a family is laying a member to rest??? REALLY? Get a grip!

  • josephlawrence43 Apr 22, 2010

    Need to catch up here--"insults and spittle"--hurled?? At who.
    There has not been, nor will there be, any rational evidence that this stuff ever happened. The ObamaMania Media would still be hollering at the top of their lungs if it had. One of the people attending the gathering has put $100,000. on the table for any photographic evidence presented which supports this specious claim. The money has been on the table ever since the rally--and its still sitting there. With all the news media cameras and recorders, and how many hundreds of cell phone cameras, etc. isn't it logical to think that, by now, someone would have presented something that even approaches solid evidence??? Won't happen because it didn't happen--just another leftist,liberal socialist attempt to smear good decent people.

  • JOBMO Apr 22, 2010

    Everybody has a right to express their opinion no matter what that opinion may be. Even when those opinions are distasteful to some.

    The "god hates ***s" morons were here in Tampa protesting the other day. I don't agree with their message but they have the right protest.

  • dugmeister Apr 22, 2010

    "Protesters disrupted Tancredo's speech by shouting profanities and unfurling banners"..

    of course they did. That is what morons are SUPPOSE to do....

  • NCStatePack Apr 22, 2010

    I find it funny that the same people who are ridiculing the UNC students for protesting this event, calling them close-minded and whatnot, are the same people who want the westboro baptist church people banned from the funerals they protest.

  • 5Rs Apr 22, 2010

    "Hey....Hispanics are here to stay...illegal or not. There is not much you can do about it either! Accept it and move on..."
    - jbg353

    Yeah, we should just accept anarchy and let all the lawbreakers go free.

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