Police make several arrests during Richard Spencer protests at Michigan State

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In advance of Spencer's appearance, an estimated 500 people, both Spencer sympathizers and protesters, gathered outside the venue on the university's campus, according to ABC News. Law enforcement officials say over a dozen people were arrested for misdemeanor and felony offenses. A few Spencer supporters turned around instead of trying to get in.

Some demonstrators threw rocks, fruit, and water bottles at people entering the rally.

Over two hours before the event was slated to begin, Monette had only counted around 150 protesters, and at that time said "everything has been peaceful on campus".

WKAR's Katie Cook reports counter-protesters are waiting for the speech by white nationalist Richard Spencer to finish.

Eventually, police escorted event attendees into the venue.

The event was scheduled to be held while students were on spring break and was held in a facility away from central campus.

"What happened outside was really worrisome and heinous", Spencer said. She says she wants people to recognize how serious the issue of white supremacy is today.

The university said it'll continue to consider a request from Spencer's representatives to look for dates later this year. Alt-right generally refers to the modern white nationalist movement, which has an explicitly racist and antisemitic ideology and argues for the creation of a white state.

"The ideas that they espouse: genocide, white supremacy, fascism, are anti-American and unsafe to our people, to our nation, to Americans", he said.

Spencer denied MLive.com and several other media organizations press credentials. "I'm still here, we're always going to be here".

Monette said his number one concern was maintaining safety on campus.

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