What started out as a speech and discussion about radical politician Lyndon LaRouche and former Ku Klux Klan member David Duke quickly degenerated into a heated interchange between the speaker and audience members. In a speech before 50 people at the Christian Association last night, free-lance reporter and author Dennis King said that neo-Nazism is steadily gaining strength and warned that the movement could soon be a major force in national elections. "The problems we fail to fight in the ballot box, we will have to fight in the streets," King said. But much of the evening was marked with strong protest from a handful of LaRouche supporters who questioned King throughout his presentation and handed out literature throughout the evening. King began his speech reservedly, but quickly gained strength and became louder throughout the lecture. Gripping the sides of the podium, King blamed the rise of facism on several factors including the two-party system in the United States and the press. "If the media and the democratic and republican parties had done their jobs there may have never been a David Duke," King said. After his nearly 90-minute speech, the hecklers picked up the pace of their snickers, laughs and questions, consistently interrupting the lengthy explanations by King. "I am living testimony that what you are about to hear from Dennis King here is complete lies," Smith said. After the presentation, University police wandered among the audience. Except for the handful of supporters for LaRouche, many of the audience members supported King's ideas. "I think that the trend King described is pretty scary," said College freshman Avinoam Freedman, while ripping up the pro-LaRouche literature. "This is only reinforced by the lunatic behavior of the LaRouchians here." "I thought that King gave a very powerful overview of what I see as the early emergence of facism in the country," said area resident Gwynne Sigel. "As for Smith, what can you say?. . . He's clearly a facist."Comments powered by Disqus
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