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    Eleven people were arrested in New York City on Thursday evening after a protest turned violent during a speaking event featuring right-wing political commentator and Vice Media co-founder Gavin McInnes.

    McInnes, a libertarian, had been invited to speak at the New York University student center by NYU college Republicans. As he attempted to enter the building, he was pepper-sprayed and attacked as protesters called him a “Nazi."

    ​On Friday, Trump weighed in on the violence on Twitter, calling the anarchists "paid protesters."

    McInnes, a comedian and political commentator, has been accused of being a white nationalist and a neo-Nazi, which he has repeatedly denied, and has threatened a lawsuit against the New York Post for labeling him as such.

    Though the event continued, the speech was ultimately cut short after protesters stormed the room.

    Violent demonstrators also stole a ‘Make America Great Again’ hat off an attendee’s head and lit it on fire.

    Another attendee had a liquid, which appeared to be water, thrown in his face. It is unclear exactly what the substance was, as another reporter, Lauren Southern, who, like McInnes, has a show on Rebel Media, recently had a cup of urine thrown on her.

    "Our intention was not to advocate for McInnes's views, in fact many of us differ with him when it comes to certain ideas," NYU college Republicans said in a statement posted on Facebook. "The purpose of this event was to promote free speech and not to promote certain ideas."

    Unlike a situation in Berkeley the evening before, when a riot occurred outside a speaking event at the University of California featuring right-wing Breitbart News editor Milo Yiannopoulos, the police intervened before the protest could become a full-scale riot.

    Sputnik News spoke to McInnes, who denounced the media portraying the anarchists as intellectuals, asserting his belief that they are making a fashion statement rather than a political one.

    "The problem with us is we keep trying to rationalize their hatred. There is no intellectual basis behind it. That's why they never want to debate. This is just fashion to them. It's the mods VS. the rockers on Brighton Beach," McInnes said. "The only difference is, we're not rockers, we're dentists so it's a bunch of mods punching dentists in the face for no reason. You can ask them their opinions on root canals but they don't have one."

    "Well, the difference now is, the dentists are fighting back. Communists are scared again," he concluded.

    Protesters have been charged with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, and criminal mischief.

    On Wednesday, rioters threw a firebomb, shot fireworks at police, violently attacked Trump supporters with pipes and other weapons, looted a Starbucks, and committed vandalism at Yiannopoulos’ event.

    California-based lawyer and popular author Mike Cernovich is now seeking victims to assist with a civil rights lawsuit. According to reports, at least five of victims have contacted him.

    Cernovich asserted that Berkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguin is being investigated by the FBI for ordering police to stand down, as well as for inciting a riot. The mayor had taken to Twitter, accusing Yiannopoulos of being a white nationalist, and asserting that the pundit is not welcome in the city, prior to the riot breaking out.

    Arreguin has since apologized for his accusations against Yiannopoulos.

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