Hundreds of Penn State students protesting a speaking event with Proud Boys founder Gavin McInnes on Monday night were showered with pepper spray by men who appeared to be with the hate group. Penn State, which abruptly called off the talk on Monday, had resisted earlier calls from students, faculty and community members to cancel the event, citing free-speech rights. Democracy Now! speaks with one of those students, Sam Ajah, president of the Penn State College Democrats club. "Fascism doesn't have a place on our campus," says Ajah, who describes being "disappointed and disgusted" by the university, which attempted to pin the violence on the peaceful protestors.
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