Virginia congressman and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor visited Rice University last week and was faced by student protesters.
According to the Rice Thresher, following a brief introduction by the university president, about twenty student protesters stood using the “mic check” style chants of the Occupy Wall Street movement.
“We find it an outrage to welcome Eric Cantor,” one protester yelled to the crowd, with the rest of the protesters repeating after him. After several minutes of chanting, Rice University Police Department officers escorted the protesters, estimated at around 20 in number by this reporter, out of the Baker Institute.
All attendees were required to show their university identification or media credentials for entry into the event.
“Free speech does not include the right to interfere with the expressions and ideas with which you disagree,” Leebron said over the chanting protesters. “You will be willfully escorted away for not respecting the fundamental principle of free speech within the university.”
“Only in America,” Cantor said after once again taking the stage.
Another account said protesters called Cantor out on his lack of support of gay rights and the Occupy movement.
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