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Metro Detroit bar cancels alt-right group's reservation

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The bar's owner says they cancelled a reservation made a couple weeks ago by the Foundation for the Marketplace of Ideas

A Metro Detroit bar has canceled a party booked by an alt-right group, whose members were reportedly planning an event around white supremacist Richard Spencer's speech tonight at Michigan State University.

Megan St. Pierre is a manager at Tipsy McStaggers, an Irish bar in Warren.

She says a couple weeks ago, they got a reservation request from the group, Foundation for the Marketplace of Ideas.

“The specific date was Monday, March 5th. After learning that this group represents a position that is not consistent with our establishment’s core values we have canceled their request for a gathering,” St. Pierre says, reading a statement from the bar’s owner. “Tipsy McStaggers is and will always be a destination for diversity and enjoyment.”

Richard Spencer is on the Board of Directors for the Foundation. The group did not immediately return requests for comment.

According to the Detroit Free Press, the Carpathia Club in Sterling Heights also canceled an event reserved for this weekend by the Foundation for the Marketplace of Idea. The Club couldn’t be reached for comment.

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