UT president denounces hate groups after protesters busted on campus with lit tiki torches


AUSTIN (KXAN) — University of Texas President Greg Fenves is responding after a group of people held a demonstration on campus Friday night into Saturday morning.

He said the university is committed to free speech and the exchange of ideas among students, employees and visitors. However, Fenves said the campus isn’t open to non-campus groups. And if they refuse to leave, then they will be arrested.

University police said around midnight they found a small group of people wearing American flag masks and holding lit tiki torches.

The group did cooperate with police and put out the torches and left campus when asked.

“The actions of white supremacists and other hate groups are completely anathema to UT’s values, and I abhor what they represent,” Fenves said. “These are difficult times for our nation, with movements fueled by hatred increasingly taking root, as we saw in Charlottesville and elsewhere. We must continue to denounce these ugly, un-American ideas in the strongest terms.”

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