Student protesters at Dillard University were hit with pepper spray Wednesday at a David Duke debate appearance on campus, according to ABC News.
The former Ku Klux Klan leader was on campus to participate in a debate with other candidates for a U.S. Senate seat in New Orleans.
Before the debate, more than 50 protesters crowded the back door to the auditorium where the debate was being held.
Protesters chanted, "No Duke, no KKK, no fascist USA."
Police and protestors clashed throughout the evening.
Dillard University is an accredited historically black college.
Students were enraged as they tried to enter the hall where Duke debated.
We respect the rights of students and the community to protest. Our primary focus is the safety of our student body.— Dillard University (@du1869) November 2, 2016
The university tweeted out its support for its students.
Who is David Duke?
David Duke is a white nationalist and a member of the Louisiana House of Representatives.
He had a 14% approval rating among black voters for his U.S. Senate run, according to NY Daily News.
He is notorious for making racially charged comments and denouncing the Black Lives Matter movement.
Duke is up against 23 other candidates for the Senate seat.
WATCH | See more footage from the protests by NOLA.com.
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