"Anti-fascist" Students Storm Oxford Union Debate, Riot
The debate at the Oxford Union between BNP leader Nick Griffin and anti-Holocaust historian David Irving did not push through as planned, although the speakers were allowed to continue in guarded rooms.
Scuffles broke out as anti-fascist groups yelled "Shame on you" at members filing into the union building, and the police shut the gates with the chamber only half full. While a handful of students crushed against the main gate to create a diversion, others scaled the wall and barged past the tight security, occupying the area around the debating table until they were hauled out by guards. ...
Access to the meeting itself, entitled The Free Speech Forum, was restricted to about 450 Oxford Union members. It went ahead after students voted in a ballot by 2-1 not to cancel, despite pressure from MPs, and from Jewish and Muslim societies, who combined with Unite Against Fascism to organise last night's protest. About half of those with tickets found their way barred after demonstrators barricaded the entrances.
Well since the Nick Griffin and David Irving debate didn't work out so well, let's run our own face-off here on a different topic. The subject of Free Speech. Posters please indicate whether you are for the affirmative or the negative. Proposition: some persons and ideas are so reprehensible that even a society which espouses "free speech" cannot allow them expression. Take your sides, let the debate begin.