UIC students plan to protest far-right speakers Thursday
CHICAGO - University of Illinois Chicago students are planning to protest an event featuring far-right media personalities Charlie Kirk and Candace Owens.
Thursday's event is organized by a student-led chapter conservative group named Turning Point USA.
Opponents of the speaking engagement say Kirk and Owens have propagated hate speech.
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An online petition is asking the university to stop the event, however a statement issued to Block Club Chicago says that school leaders are "committed to upholding the first amendment" and protecting the rights of speakers to share their views.