Protesters outside Student Union were mainly an older crowd
Maybe I'm spoiled having come of age in the 1970s when protest was at its peak and a darn site more creative than what I saw this evening: Abby Hoffman bringing the NY Stock Exchange to a halt by unleashing a bag of $1 bills (not all of them genuine) from the gallery.
Or protesters filled with enough resolve to continuing chanting "The whole world is watching," while Chicago cops beat their heads in.
No, what we got this evening was a smattering of clueless cuckoos who couldn't even read their cue card lines correctly, or loudly enough to be heard (Abby Hoffman had his own bull horn). The first interruption, only minutes into Karl Rove's speech, brought no response from security so I thought it was going to be short night.
Rove became animated when talking about Iraq (and how the Democrats supported the war)
Chancellor Subbaswamy, looking unhappy, struck a blow for Free Speech
But then after two more interruptions -- perhaps invoking the three strikes and you're out routine -- Chancellor Swamy took to the microphone demanding respect for Free Speech. And with the next outburst security started escorting the protesters out a lot quicker, which seemed to dim the enthusiasm of the entire protest movement.
Ladies read their protest lines
Even seated protesters holding sings were asked to leave
All in all between presentation and question and answers Karl Rove probably only talked for an hour and a quarter and the interruptions only consumed a few minutes. The audience numbered about 500 people and the protesters were easily in the minority.
Maybe there's hope for Free Speech at UMass after all. Certainly paid off for Karl Rove.
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— Michael Graham (@IAMMGraham) April 10, 2013