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Karl Rove Draws Protesters at UMass Speech

Rove SpeechAMHERST, Mass. (WGGB) — Causing a stir on the UMass Amherst campus Republican Strategist, Karl Rove was barley able to get a word in while giving a speech at the Student Union tonight.

About 15 protesters were removed from inside the event and a number of others gathered outside.

The former Deputy Chief of Staff for President George W. Bush was invited to speak by the University’s Republican Club.

Some of Rove’s opponents say they were trying to get their voices heard.

We spoke with one student protester, Dylan Fitzwater who told us, “We felt we needed to provide an alternative prospective to his speech. The reasons we used the tactics that we used, is because we feel that people like Karl Rove, generally give a much larger voice than other people, so we needed to specifically do something during the event and have alternative vocals there.”

The crowd was asked several times to allow Rove to speak by both the Republican Club’s president and a member of Rove’s team.

They were told they could ask questions after the strategist spoke.

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