Protests at UC Berkley led to a cancellation of the previously scheduled speech by Breitbart’s news editor Milo Yiannopoulos. Breitbart is an extreme-right news network. Milo Yiannopoulos is known for his radical views and highly inflammatory speeches. (He’s been banned from Twitter for harassing Leslie Jones, the star of “Ghostbusters”.)
Many hundreds of students protested at UC Berkley peacefully for hours. Over a thousand gathered at the Sproul Plaza carrying signs like “Hate Speech Is Not Free Speech” and chanting “No Trump, no Milo”. Shortly after, the police announced that the speech was cancelled.
Meanwhile, about 150 MASKED people interrupted the peaceful protest setting fires, discharging fireworks at police officers, vandalizing property and injuring people.
Yiannopoulos blamed “violent left-wing protesters.” Berkeley College Republicans released a statement: “The Free Speech Movement is dead. Today, the Berkeley College Republicans’ constitutional right to free speech was silenced by criminals and thugs seeking to cancel Milo Yiannopoulos’ tour.”
The question is why the violent thugs were masked? Since the protesters accomplished their goal of silencing Breitbart’s editor peacefully, violence would have served no purpose…
As of now, the lockdown at UC Berkley campus has been lifted. Order was restored. The police are blaming violence on OUTSIDE agitators.
University of California, Berkeley issued a statement:
“We regret that the threats and unlawful actions of a few have interfered with the exercise of First Amendment rights on a campus that is proud of its history and legacy as home of the Free Speech Movement.”