Violent Protests Force Cancellation Of Speech By Breitbart Writer At UC Berkeley

RealClear Staff

            

     Conservative Milo Yiannopoulos’s UC Berkeley speech was suddenly thwarted, as protesters roared in with a myriad of malicious tactics including fireworks and the breaking of windows.

[Protesters rallying in opposition of Breitbart News Editor Milo Yiannopoulis's speech at UC Berkeley | Photo: Ben Margot/AP]

Protesters quickly turned an oppositional display into an all-out chaos zone, as Anarchists fueled demonstrators with unruly acts such as using guard rails as battering rams to shatter building windows. As the police-protestor standoff catalyzed, most of the university’s grounds were put on lockdown. Authorities ordered protesters to leave, but those efforts failed against the rampage of destruction.

Witnesses watched as the speech-scheduled auditorium’s exterior was vandalized and ultimately turned into ground zero for violence. This was actually the second time Yiannopoulos was scheduled to speak—both events cancelled due to overly aggravated activists. Yiannopoulos’s first, speech attempt was to be at UC Davis in January, which called for a free-speech-protections debate and how a university should handle what was deemed as a “hate speech.”

[Video: courtesy of The McClatchy Company]

Breitbar News’ Yiannopoulos is known for his overall voice and extreme words that have been said to coincide with the “alt-right movement,” but he himself argues against that label. His cancelled UC-Davis speech ignited an argument entailing free speech and hate speech. Davis College Republicans deemed the event too dangerous to execute upon a horde of protesters preventing entrance into the campus’s venue.

UC Davis interim Chancellor Ralph Hexter felt “deeply disappointed” with the protest and its outcome. “Our community is founded on principles of respect for all views, even those that we personally find repellent,” Hexter said in a statement upon the cancellation. “As I have stated repeatedly, a university is at its best when it listens to and critically engages opposing views—especially ones that many of us find upsetting or even offensive.”

[Video: courtesy of KTVU]

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