The organizer of the event said he was disappointed that the protesters did not act in a more dignified manner.
Protesters block an intersection in St. Louis, where conservative commentator Matt Walsh delivered a speech Wednesday night.
The event took place at The Coronado Hotel, just outside St. Louis University, where protesters blocked the intersection of Lyndale Blvd. and Ann Spring Avenue in St. Louis.
Protesters at the crossroads shouted, “Queer lives, they matter here, black lives, they matter here, trans lives, they matter here.”
Vehicles were seen turning as the protesters blocked the intersection.
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A student-led group not affiliated with the university, “B! Likens for Reproductive Justice”, organized the protest and asked others to meet at the St. Louis University clock tower at 6 p.m., and then walk to Lyndale Blvd. where the protest took place. Happened.
Afterwards, the group both returned to the clock tower and heard from Planned Parenthood speakers, according to a Instagram post,
The protests were organized “to demonstrate that Matt Walsh and the bigotry he represents are not welcome on this campus,” according to one separate post,
Hosted by St. Louis University College Republican and Young America Foundation Competition, where walshow spoke about The pro-life movement and the Supreme Court case Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization.
A spokesman for the Young America Foundation told Granthshala News they were “disappointed” that protesters did not want to engage in talks with Matt Walsh.
“We were disappointed that the protesters did not want to engage in a real conversation with Matt and the YAF, instead hurling insults and silly slogans. True intellectual debate is a cornerstone of college campuses, and YAF is proud to be the organization that brought it up. … key speaker for important campuses,” said Kara Zupkas.
Louis University College Republican chapter president Nick Baker told Granthshala News that blocking an intersection was not a good way for protesters to share their point of view.
“It’s a disruption to the community and we believe that a better way to express our views would have been to come to their program and interact with the speaker,” Baker said.
A spokesman for one of the groups promoting the protest, the “SLU Sluts,” told Granthshala News that he helped organize the event because Matt Walsh was “shamed, humiliated, and degraded to students for living their adult lives.” Came with intention.
The spokesperson said, “I supported this protest because I thought it showed solidarity with the people that Matt was acting so desperately for disrespect. The school they go to has security and trust like no one else.” deserves.”
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Initially, the event was scheduled to be held at St. Francis Xavier’s College Church, but the church explained its decision not to allow the group to host a Facebook event at the venue. Post Tuesday night.
“St. Francis Xavier’s College Church has canceled the speech program with Matt Walsh, which was due to take place in our ballroom on December 1. After reviewing several of his public statements, we find that he is against the teachings of Catholic Church,” said Church. “Her provocative positions on immigration, on communities of color, on Muslims, and on members of the LGBTQ community were designed to incite anger and outrage rather than encourage thoughtful dialogue.”