LOCKED OUT: Black Lives Matter protesters unable to crash Hillary Clinton event
By Evan Lips | August 11, 2015, 18:40 EST
KEENE, N.H. – Days after Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders was run off stage in Seattle by protesters aligned with the Black Lives Matter movement, fellow candidate Hillary Clinton may have just triggered a new bout of outrage from the racially-focused group.
According to multiple reports from the scene, the U.S. Secret Service locked the doors to Clinton’s town hall campaign stop in Keene after the venue reached full capacity:
The move was met with predictable outrage and derision:
According to a report from the New Republic, the Black Lives Matter protesters were openly planning to disrupt Clinton’s event in a similar manner to what they did at Sanders’s Seattle appearance.
The Black Lives Matter protest in Keene was organized by Daunasia Yancey, who leads the organization’s Boston activities. Yancey was one of several arrested in December during a protest held at the Boston Common.
Fire department officials in Keene have not yet confirmed whether Clinton’s venue was at full capacity, but a photo tweeted out by WMUR’s Adam Sexton shows that the room was certainly crowded:
According to a Politico.com report, five Black Lives Matter demonstrators were barred from entering the event, which was held at Keene Middle School and billed as a forum on substance abuse.
A Clinton aide told CNN that campaign staffers set up an overflow room to accommodate those who were unable to enter the event. Clinton also reportedly met with the Black Lives Matter protesters following the event.
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