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Old February 1st, 2017, 07:35 PM   #1
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UC Berkeley cancels Milo Yiannopoulos event amid violent protest

UC Berkeley cancels Milo Yiannopoulos event amid violent protest


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A protest at UC Berkeley turned fiery and violent Wednesday night, shutting down a scheduled speech by right-wing provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos.

The Breitbart News editor was set to deliver a speech inside a UC Berkeley campus building but hundreds of protesters began throwing fireworks and pulling down the metal barricades police set up to keep people from rushing into the building. Windows were smashed and fires were set outside the building as masked protesters stormed it, and at 6 p.m., one hour before his scheduled speech was to begin, police decided to evacuate Yiannopoulos for his own safety.

The Berkeley Police Department said people threw bricks, smoking objects, and fireworks at police officers. University police locked down all buildings and ordered a shelter in place, and later fired rubber pellets into the crowd of protesters who defied orders to leave the area. Police called in support from other law enforcement agencies and warned protesters that they might use tear gas.

“This is what tolerance looks like at UC Berkeley,” said Mike Wright, a Berkeley College Republican member said as smoke bombs went off around him. Someone threw red paint on him. “It’s sad.”

Protesters argued that hate speech isn’t free speech, countering the university’s explanation — free speech — on why it had allowed the event to proceed even as students demanded that the university cancel it.

The protest turned violent around 6 p.m. when dozens of masked anarchists, dressed in black and wearing backpacks, emerged from the otherwise peaceful crowd.

As “Milo had got to go” chants broke out, they struck: in small groups, at first — knocking down the fences, cutting through to zip ties. Then, they came in droves, as the dozens of university police officers quickly retreated to an inner ring of fencing.

That, too, was breached, as protesters ran toward the student center, where Yiannopoulos was, waiting for the event to begin. Police, donning riot gear, headed all the way inside.

Seizing the opportunity, the masks men and women then breached the inner ring of fencing, picking up pieces of it and hurling them into the glass of the building itself.

Glass shattered, but no one went inside, where police formed a riot formation.

As protesters yelled obscenities at police, others toppled a generator and light pole police had set up, spray painting “Milo” with an x through it. Later on, they lit it on fire, gas spilling with abandon as the growing flames licked a nearby tree on the side of the building.

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If Trump wants to make America great again, his new Secretary of Education needs to re-structure the criteria for college accreditation and do some house cleaning.
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If Trump wants to make America great again, his new Secretary of Education needs to re-structure the criteria for college accreditation and do some house cleaning.
WHY? Hasn't Trump University been completely discredited yet, exposed as a sleazy fucking fraud?
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I tell my friends all the time, if you find a truly tolerant Democrat, take a picture, they are few and far between!
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WHY? Hasn't Trump University been completely discredited yet, exposed as a sleazy fucking fraud?
Typical progressive response to the thread topic, ignore the subject matter and deflect......throw in the word fuck to let them know you mean business.
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Publicity stunt ??? Paid for by Yiannopoulos or Breitbart themselves ???
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The protest turned violent around 6 p.m. when dozens of masked anarchists, dressed in black and wearing backpacks, emerged from the otherwise peaceful crowd.
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Typical progressive response to the thread topic, ignore the subject matter and deflect......throw in the word fuck to let them know you mean business.
Boo-hoo.
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Boo-hoo.
Start a thread and ask that question. That has nothing to do with this thread.
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