A speech by conservative firebrand and British writer Milo Yiannopoulos was canceled at UC Berkeley on Wednesday amid a violent protest that sparked at least one fire.
Police clashed with protesters, and much of the university was placed on lockdown. Campus police were ordering protesters to leave the area, but many refused.
At 6:50 p.m., police used a loudspeaker to tell the crowd that Yiannopoulous had left the campus and that they would be arrested if they didn't disperse.
Witnesses said some windows were broken at the Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union, where Yiannopoulos was scheduled to speak at an event hosted by the Berkeley College Republicans.
This marks the second time in two weeks that rowdy protests have forced the cancellation of a Yiannopoulos speech. The same thing happened last month at UC Davis, prompting a debate about free speech protections and how university should response to so-called hate speech.
Yiannopoulos, 32, writes for Breitbart News and is an avowed supporter of President Trump. A self-proclaimed Internet troll, his comments have been criticized as racist, misogynist, anti-Muslim and white supremacist. He was banned from Twitter after leading a harassment campaign against “Ghostbusters” actress Leslie Jones.
On his Facebook page, Yiannopoulos said that “violent left-wing protesters” had broken into a building’s ground floor, ripped down barricades and thrown rocks.
“My team and I are safe. But the event has been cancelled,” Yiannopoulous said.Read More...
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