|February 3rd, 2017, 03:29 AM||#1|
Join Date: Jan 2017
Free speech is free for all not just Liberals right?
VIDEO: Trump supporter pepper sprayed at Milo protest | abc7news.com
A Trump supporter was giving her statement to ABC7 News when someone pepper sprayed her on camera. Violent protests moved through downtown Berkeley Wednesday night after an event featuring Milo Yiannopoulos was canceled. (KGO-TV)
By Wayne Freedman
Wednesday, February 01, 2017 11:20PM
BERKELEY, Calif. (KGO) --
Violent protests moved through downtown Berkeley Wednesday night after the cancellation of a speaking engagement scheduled for controversial Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos.
RELATED: Violent protests erupt in Berkeley canceling Yiannopulos event
There were plenty of sub-plots at the protest against Yiannopulos, but also against people who were protecting the suppression of free speech. The conflict arrived in the form of polytechnics, smoke, strife, and anger--not only about the speaker and what he might say, but also about his right to say it, even in the birthplace of the free speech movement.
"Well I carried my sign, Free speech is protected even for Milo," said Mike Sherman, a protester.
The protests began at U.C. Berkeley in front of the Martin Luther King Student Union around 5 p.m. and left only after U.C. Berkeley police threatened to arrest anyone who remained.
As to what happened in between, there may have been 400 active protesters and some 300 people looking on. Some of them came hoping to hear the speech.
Kiara Robles braved the crowd wearing a red "Make Bitcoin Great Again" hat in the style of President Trump's red hats, which made her and our crew a target. The video in the player above shows the graphic exchange between a protester and Robles, who was pepper sprayed. "I'm looking to make a statement by just being here and I think the protesters are doing the same. Props to the ones who are doing it non-violently, but I think that's a very rare thing indeed."
She later told ABC7 News she was alright.
She was not the only person attacked at the protest Wednesday.
"I hope I don't have a broken nose over this," said Joe Scherer, an observer. "The first amendment is fundamental to our Constitution."
By 9 p.m. protesters had taken to the streets of Berkeley carrying protest signs. Some marched while others threw rocks at buildings. A Chase location and a Wells Fargo location were vandalized. Broken glass could be seen flying into the streets from Sky7.
Officials held a news conference while the protests were happening saying it wasn't a proud moment for the city.
The violence and vandalism spread far beyond the school's campus.
U.C. Berkeley police and university officials issued warnings to the students not to exit their dorms. A shelter-in-place was ordered as well.
In a free country with free speech in iconic Berkeley, no matter what a person's politics we were all witness to violence.
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|February 3rd, 2017, 03:40 AM||#2|
Join Date: Dec 2015
Gosh.....I thought you alt-right guys WANTED a revolution. What did you think woud happen? Did you think that the other side would just say "oh well" and go home??
I have a feeling this is just the beginning. AND I think if Clinton had won we'd be seeing the same thing.
|February 3rd, 2017, 04:04 AM||#3|
Join Date: Nov 2012
The trouble with the right-wing weirdoes is that, as they've shown over and over again, all they care for is free speech for those who agree absolutely with them. Why should a lot of lefties be allowed any voice at all, since Hicksville is unanimously stupid?
|February 3rd, 2017, 04:32 AM||#4|
Join Date: Feb 2015
Freedom of the press trumps freedom of speech. Freedom of the press is free to those who own it. He who has the loudest voice is heard above all.
|February 3rd, 2017, 04:47 AM||#6|
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|February 3rd, 2017, 04:59 AM||#7|
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|February 3rd, 2017, 05:32 AM||#8|
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Middle Tennessee
The violence and destruction of property is just unacceptable. I suspect the possibility of a publicity stunt.
However people often misunderstand the "free speech" thing.
The first amendment says the GOVERNMENT can't stop you from expressing your opinion. The police can't come arrest you for saying something nasty about a member of government, including the police.
But, call your boss an asshole and you will get fired. The government can't stop you from speaking freely, but that doesn't mean there aren't consequences.
This whole thing smacks of a publicity stunt. An exceedingly polarizing and controversial speaker picks THE one place where his visit would be extremely unpopular to speak. Then suddenly the "anarchist" show up all dressed in black, wearing masks and back packs ?? HOW did they know they were anarchist ??? Did they interview one ??
It's all just entirely too cliche'.
|February 3rd, 2017, 06:00 AM||#9|
Join Date: Dec 2015
So you didn't want a revolution? A YUGE change?? You DID think the other side would take their toys and go home without a single word? OR a protest?
Did you think this election would NOT have consequences? Rebellion....when the popular vote was NOT for Trump?
|February 3rd, 2017, 06:14 AM||#10|
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Republic of Texas
Rioting, marching, and protesting are not constitutionally protected activities and the assembly and redress clause is not related to the freedom of speech clause.
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