Posted on | February 1, 2017 | 4 Comments
BREAKING: A mob of violent Berkeley Democrats tonight attacked the campus venue where Breitbart.com editor Milo Yiannopoulos was scheduled to speak, breaking windows, starting fires and hurling explosives, forcing University of California officials to cancel the speech.
UPDATE 10:15 p.m. ET: The Los Angeles Times reports:
A speech by conservative firebrand Milo Yiannopoulos was canceled at UC Berkeley on Wednesday amid violent protest on campus 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 were refusing.
At 6:50 p.m. [Pacific time], 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 auditorium where Yiannopoulos was scheduled to speak.
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 writes for Breitbart News and is an avowed supporter of President Trump. A provocateur with a large online following, his speaking events at several college campuses were branded the “Dangerous Faggot Tour.”
On his Facebook page, Yiannopoulos said that “violent left-wing protesters” had broken into a building’s ground floor, ripped down barricades and threw rocks.
“My team and I are safe. But the event has been cancelled,” Yiannopoulous said.
In characteristic fashion, he pointed to the mayhem on campus to highlight his agenda: “One thing we do know for sure: the Left is absolutely terrified of free speech and will do literally anything to shut it down.”
— The Patriarch Tree (@PatriarchTree) February 2, 2017
UPDATE 10:25 p.m. ET: The violence at Berkeley is symptomatic of the climate of irrational hatred the Democrat Party and its media allies have incited against Republicans in the wake of Donald Trump’s election last November. Several “news” organizations have falsely smeared Yiannopoulos as a “white supremacist.” University professors have indoctrinated students with a dangerously intolerant belief in “social justice,” and administrators at schools like UC Berkeley have openly discriminated against conservative viewpoints, thus surrendering their campuses to mobs of criminal Marxist thugs.
'Craziest protest I've seen': UC Berkeley placed on lockdown, Milo Yiannopoulos appearance cancelled https://t.co/xQDVDQf53F
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) February 2, 2017
BREAKING: Communist Rioters Violent attack at UC Berkeley burning things outside, destroying windows pic.twitter.com/Q3OemkQ0w7
— Trump Street Team FL (@ChatRevolve) February 2, 2017
Protests against Milo at UC Berkeley. Protesters chanting "This is what community looks like." pic.twitter.com/a0YIZ3epIc
— Shane Bauer (@shane_bauer) February 2, 2017
— The Patriarch Tree (@PatriarchTree) February 2, 2017
UPDATE 10:45 p.m. ET: Breitbart’s Charlie Nash is following developments and reports that Berkeley riot police have fired rubber bullets in an effort to disperse the violent mob. Injuries are reported, and journalists on the scene describe being menaced by angry rioters.
UPDATE 10:55 p.m. ET: Breitbart’s Tom Ciccotta reports:
A man with a bloodied face appeared on livestream claiming to have been punched during anti-MILO riots at UC Berkeley. Masked protesters were also caught on video attacking attendees with thrown objects and protest signs. . . .
In the background, a rioter can be heard yelling “if you f**k with us, we’ll f**k with you.”
Later, on BuzzFeed’s live video stream, protesters could be seen attacking people with flagpoles and hurling objects at them.
BuzzFeed’s reporter noted that one man was spotted “bleeding profusely.” Splatters of blood were spotted on the plaza where the protest took place.
Violence at the event began after the arrival of a large number of masked “anti-fascist” protesters, who immediately stormed police barricades and lit fires.
— Jim Dalrymple II (@JimDalrympleII) February 2, 2017
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) February 2, 2017
— Daily Star (@Daily_Star) February 2, 2017
— Gillian Edevane (@GillianNBC) February 2, 2017
UPDATE 11:20 p.m. ET: San Francisco CBS affiliate KPIX-TV reports:
Protesters armed with bricks and fireworks mounted an assault on the building hosting a speech by polarizing Breitbart News editor Milo Yiannopoulos Wednesday night, forcing the event’s cancellation.
Yiannopoulos was making the last stop of a tour aimed at defying what he calls an epidemic of political correctness on college campuses.
With masked activists joining the already large group of protesters gathered in the area between Sather Gate and the north end of Telegraph Avenue as night fell, campus police were holding their positions near the entrance of the Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union building hosting the event.
As the gathered crowd got more agitated, masked “black bloc” activists began hurling projectiles including bricks, lit fireworks and rocks at the building and police.
Some used police barriers as battering rams to attack the doors of the venue, breaching at least one of the doors and entering the venue on the first floor.
In addition to fireworks being thrown up onto the second-floor balcony, fires were lit outside the venue, including one that engulfed a gas-powered portable floodlight.
Notice the description of Milo as “polarizing.” What is so “polarizing” about disagreeing with mobs of deranged totalitarians?
— Patriotic Rosie (@almostjingo) February 2, 2017
— John Binder ? (@JxhnBinder) February 2, 2017