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The Facts

  • The College Republicans at the University of California at Berkeley invited conservative provocateur and Breitbart technology editor Milo Yiannopoulos to speak on campus Wednesday evening.
  • Yiannopoulos was planning to argue in favor of cutting federal funds from “sanctuary” universities.
  • The university canceled the event and Yiannopoulos was evacuated over an hour before the event was scheduled to start.


  • As of Saturday morning, Yiannopoulos’s upcoming book “Dangerous” was the number one best seller on Amazon.
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The Context

  • According to ABC7 reporter Laura Anthony, the protest against Yiannopoulos “was large and peaceful until [a] group of masked agitators moved in.”



Responses

  • President Donald Trump tweeted:

  • In response to Trump’s tweet, Yiannopoulos wrote on Facebook:

“UC Berkeley condemns in the strongest possible terms the actions of individuals who invaded the campus, infiltrated a crowd of peaceful students and used violent tactics to close down the event. We deeply regret that the violence unleashed by this group undermined the First Amendment rights of the speaker as well as those who came to lawfully assemble and protest his presence…

We are proud of our history and legacy as the home of the Free Speech Movement. While we have made clear our belief that the inflaming rhetoric and provocations of Mr. Yiannopoulos were in marked opposition to the basic values of the university, we respected his right to come to campus and speak once he was invited to do so by a legitimate student group. The violence last night was an attack on the fundamental values of the university, which stands for and helps to maintain and nurture open inquiry and an inclusive civil society, the bedrock of a genuinely democratic nation. We are now, and will remain in the future, completely committed to free speech as essential to our educational mission and a vital component of our identity at UC Berkeley.”

  • The university said campus police had launched an investigation into “[the actions] by some 150 masked individuals with paramilitary tactics, including hurling Molotov cocktails, setting fires, throwing fireworks at police, pushing barricades into windows and damaging campus and city property.”
  • Yiannopoulos’s statement:


Protest Supporters

  • Debra Messing tweeted:

  • Fusion tweeted:

Protest Critics

  • Ben Shapiro, the editor-in-chief of the Daily Wire, wrote:

“Leftist protesters, joined by a large contingent of anarchist rioters, promptly gave Yiannopoulos everything he could ever hope for: a riot, complete with violent destruction of property, large objects set on fire, and Yiannopoulos supporters beaten in the streets. It was a vicious and disgusting display of just how fascist the campus left has become.”

  • Scott Presler tweeted:

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