U of M Students, Professors, Residents Speak Against Condoleezza Rice Visit

Updated: 04/17/2014 9:03 PM
Created: 04/17/2014 7:18 PM
By: Brandi Powell

A few hundred protesters gathered outside Northrop Memorial Auditorium on the University of Minnesota campus Thursday evening to speak against Dr. Condoleezza Rice's visit.

Dr. Rice was at the U of M to speaking about civil rights.

"I strongly support the right of Condoleezza Rice to speak," said protester and St. Louis Park resident Cathy Murphy. "I just think that giving this kind of platform with someone who has her background and trying to justify torture and what we did in the Middle East is not something the University should do. Plus, I don't think the University should be paying her $150,000 to come here and say that."

The gathering was organized by Students for a Democratic Society. "The University is actually the place where the Center for Victims of Torture was formed," Murphy said. "It was started on this campus, and so we really do feel like this is a place that should be strongly advocating human rights in all areas and so that's why we're concerned."

Protesters included U of M students and professors, as well as Twin Cities' residents. They sang songs, chanted and marched around Northrop.

A university spokesman says there were no arrests.


Photo: KSTP/ Brandi Powell

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