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OTTAWA: Thousands Of Students Protest, Ann Coulter's Speech Canceled

After a near riotous protest by thousands of University of Ottawa students angered by a racist remark Ann Coulter made yesterday an Ontario college, security officials canceled her speech at the school tonight.
A spokesman for the group that organized the event said there were fears for Coulter’s well-being after about two thousand people gathered outside the venue to protest her presence there. Coulter is a darling of the U.S. right-wing who uses incendiary language to sell millions of books as well as her syndicated column. She sparked more controversy during a speech at University of Western Ontario Monday night when she told a 17-year-old Muslim student to “take a camel” instead of a the flying carpet she has previously suggested Muslims use for transportation. Even before her Canadian tour began, Coulter received a pre-emptive and private caution about the limits of free speech in this country from the provost of the University of Ottawa. The letter was immediately leaked to select conservative news organizations, with Coulter telling one that the university was “threatening to criminally prosecute me for my speech.”
During the protest, Coulter texted the following message which was posted on on Free Republic: "2000 protesters surrounding building with rocks and sticks -- pulled fire alarm in the building. Blogs calling for ann coulter to be hurt. MPs were banned from going, i was denounced by an MP in the parliement today. cops just shut it down!"

VIDEO: Here's the clip from Ontario, where Coulter told a female Muslim student that Muslims should ride camels rather than be allowed on airliners. In 2001 Coulter said that after 9/11, Muslims should only be allowed to travel by "flying carpet."

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