Harvard students protest ex-pharma exec Shkreli’s talk

Martin Shkreli was scheduled to speak at Harvard Wednesday night.
Martin Shkreli was scheduled to speak at Harvard Wednesday night. –MEG BERNHARD FOR THE BOSTON GLOBE

Protest and a false fire alarm disrupted a Harvard event featuring divisive former drug executive Martin Shkreli Wednesday night, as several people walked out of the auditorium where he spoke and called him derogatory names.

Shkreli, who is widely criticized for his drastic increase of a drug in 2015, was scheduled to speak at 8:30 p.m. at Harvard when someone pulled a fire alarm in the minutes before the event began.

Harvard police evacuated the building, delaying the event by about a half an hour, while protesters crowded around the front of the building chanting “people over profits.”

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