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Tomi Lahren evacuated when protesters banged on doors during a speech at the University of New Mexico

A speech by right-wing commentator Tomi Lahren of the University of New Mexico ended in chaos on Thursday night as a large, fiery crowd of student protesters prompted state and campus police to shut down the event and evacuate guests.

“They had a group of leftists behaving like a typical leftist antipathy,” Mrs. Lahren He said on Friday in an interview with Outkick. “And unfortunately the University of New Mexico does not seem to care not only about my safety, but also the safety of its own students, and has left us all barricaded in a room with essentially rabid banshee animals trying to break down the door to come to us.”

The event organizers, the conservative student group Turning Point USA, described the crowd as a “violent leftist mob” that tried to break through police officers into the lecture hall in the Student Union building, while the university student newspaper Daily Lobo described the demonstrations as non-violent.

Independent contacted the University of New Mexico for comment.

“The University of New Mexico is committed to the principles of freedom of expression and values ​​its role as a public forum for debate, a market for ideas, and a place to test and challenge competing views and opinions,” the school said in a statement ahead of the event. “In this context, the admission of speakers invited by the student organization to the campus does not in any way endorse the content of their speeches or their views. And those who disagree with the ideas presented are encouraged to express their views respectfully. “

Video footage of the event shows demonstrators singing quietly outside of the speech, as well as a smaller group knocking on doors closed by the police and event organizers.

Many of the students of color told Lobo that they were refused admission despite having tickets.

“I was almost the first person of color to try to get in, and then as soon as two white people came in and (the organizers of the event) said,” They look normal, they can come in, “Tyler Jacobs, a student, told the newspaper. .

Independent contacted Turning Point USA for comment.

No one group claimed responsibility for the protests during Mrs. Lahren’s speech.

This is the most recent story that will be updated with new information.


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