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Gainesville, Florida braces for ANTIFA and possible violence on Thursday: (State of Emergency Declared.)

"Richard Spencer, president of a hate group misleadingly named the National Policy Institute, is coming to Gainesville, FL to speak about his support of ethnic nationalism" says Congressman Ted Yoho of Florida's 3rd District:



In a statement released on Monday Congressman Yoho went on to say:


 If people do engage in violence, I will press state and federal prosecutors to bring charges against malefactors to the fullest extent permitted by law.

SEE Full Statement below:

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Dear Friends, 
Richard Spencer, president of a hate group misleadingly named the National Policy Institute, is coming to Gainesville, FL to speak about his support of ethnic nationalism, racial division and white supremacy on October 19, 2017.  Antifa, a so-called “anti-fascist” group comprised of radical Marxists and anarchists, is calling on its supporters to come and protest Richard Spencer, advocating violence and chaos in the process.  
In our constitutional republic, both sides have a right-and what I feel is a privilege-to espouse their views as guaranteed by the First Amendment to the Constitution.  The First Amendment gives individuals the right of free speech, peaceful assembly and protest to promote one's views.  People must be serious about exercising these rights respectfully.  You cannot have freedom without responsibility.
Hate groups and groups that promote violence and anarchy have no place in our society.  They simply have a self-serving agenda and feed off mob-like participation and divisiveness.
When Richard Spencer comes to Gainesville, I want to ask that all people of differing viewpoints take responsibility for themselves and the groups they have invited to attend the event.  It is estimated that this event will cost the University of Florida hundreds of thousands of dollars and Alachua County will have to mobilize hundreds of law enforcement officers, EMT's, firefighters and paramedics at a cost not yet determined but paid for by the taxpayers of the county.  
While these groups exercise their right of free speech and to peaceably assemble, I hope they will have respect for each other's rights to express their own points of view, and that all will agree to disagree peacefully.  Let's hope they keep in mind the many first responders that are taking time away from their families and at great cost to Alachua County taxpayers for the protection of all parties.  Let's hope these groups take responsibility for their members and that there is no violent behavior. However, if people do engage in violence, I will press state and federal prosecutors to bring charges against malefactors to the fullest extent permitted by law.
As for me, I refuse to be anywhere near this event because Richard Spencer and Antifa’s viewpoints are both morally repugnant. I choose not to offer either of them an audience.  Please join me.
Sincerely,
Ted S. Yoho, D.V.M.
Member of Congress

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 In Addition the local Alachua County school board has issued the following email to all parents:


Alachua County Public School families:

You may be aware that Richard Spencer of the National Policy Institute is scheduled to give a talk at the UF Center for the Performing Arts this Thursday October, 19th at 2:30 
in the afternoon. 

We have been consulting with law enforcement about the visit, and while we are not anticipating any problems at our schools, we do expect an increase in traffic and changes in traffic patterns around the Performing Arts Center. 

The district will be rerouting school buses that travel through that area. However, it is likely that some buses will be delayed. The delays may not be limited to just those buses traveling close to the Performing Arts Center, but may also affect other buses. 

We ask for your patience as we work to get students home from school safely that day. Families that pick up students from school may want to consider alternate routes that afternoon as well.

The Gainesville Police Department will be posting up-to-date information on its website (gainesvillepd.org), Facebook (@GainesvillePolice) and Twitter (@GainesvillePD) sites.

The district will send an update to families if the situation changes.



Further noting safety is Priority one, Florida Governor Rick Scott has Declared a State Of Emergency Ahead Of Richard Spencer's Speech:

"We live in a country where everyone has the right to voice their opinion, however, we have zero tolerance for violence and public safety is always our number one priority," Scott said in a statement. "This executive order is an additional step to ensure that the University of Florida and the entire community is prepared so everyone can stay safe."
"I find that the threat of a potential emergency is imminent," Scott declared in his executive order, noting that Alachua County Sheriff Sadie Darnell had requested the state's assistance. The order will make it easier for various agencies to coordinate a security plan for Thursday's speech at the university.

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Excerpts from TampaBay.com

As Gainesville braces for Spencer’s arrival, Scott heeded a request for assistance from Alachua County Sheriff Sadie Darnell.

“We don’t know what to expect, and we don’t know what kind of crowd numbers to expect,” Darnell told the Times/Herald. “We all want this to be a non-event. We all want it to go very peacefully. But there is the potential for violence and for widespread property damage.”

The governor’s executive order, Number 17-264, gives state agencies the power to suspend rules and regulations, including for purchasing, travel and personnel actions.

 Scott also activated his authority as governor to spend surplus money as he deems necessary.
Sheriff Darnell said the order mainly makes resources available much faster than normal.
 She praised Scott for his cooperation. She said Scott’s order includes power to impose curfews but that she did not anticipate that would be necessary.
“As long as people are peacefully assembling, they‘re not going to have any problems anywhere in Alachua County,” Darnell said.

The university's president, W. Kent Fuchs, urged students and staff to avoid the event.
"Do not provide Mr. Spencer and his followers the spotlight they are seeking," he wrote. "By shunning him and his followers, we will block his attempt for further visibility."


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Updates to the story as they happen.

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