Breitbart News editor Milo Yiannopoulos event at UC Berkeley canceled after protests

CALIFORNIA — There were violent protests erupted at UC Berkeley on Wednesday night, February 1st hours before right-wing commentator Milo Yiannopoulos was scheduled to speak.

Black-clad protestors could be seen throwing fireworks at police and at the student union center on the Berkeley campus where the Breitbart editor’s event was to be held. They were also seen tearing down metal barriers, smashing windows of the student center and setting a fire outside the building.

The university estimated that more than 1,500 protesters were gathered outside the student center. At least one person was injured, according to the university, although it was not immediately clear whether the individual was a protester, staff member or a bystander.

Administrators decided to cancel the event about two hours before Yiannopoulos’ speech. UC Berkeley said it removed him from campus “amid the violence and destruction of property and out of concern for public safety.”

The school reported broken windows and other property damage.

“We condemn in the strongest possible terms the violence and unlawful behavior that was on display and deeply regret that those tactics will now overshadow the efforts to engage in legitimate and lawful protest against the performer’s presence and perspectives,” UC Berkeley said in a statement.

“While Yiannopoulos’ views, tactics and rhetoric are profoundly contrary to our own, we are bound by the Constitution, the law, our values and the campus’s Principles of Community to enable free expression across the full spectrum of opinion and perspective,” it added.

Yiannopoulos later posted on his verified Facebook account that he had been evacuated after “violent left-wing protestors tore down barricades, lit fires, threw rocks and Roman candles at the windows and breached the ground floor of the building.”

A planned speech by Yiannopoulos at UC Davis was also canceled last month in response to protests.

13 comments

    • mark

      even the AP refers to them as VIOLENT protesters. Fox 6’s bias is showing again. even watching the morning news on fox 6, President Trump is usually referred to as mister Trump. I don’t remember ever hearing Obama referred to as just mister. no guessing who the morning news team voted for. so much for unbiased reporters

  • deleted again

    Democrats are looking to be more extreme every day.
    These people are protesting something that MIGHT happen because they don’t like Trump. The Democrats have divided this country, put the country in debt to the tune of 19 trillion dollars. They have twisted the laws to protect the criminals and now they protest to protect criminals. Not only do they protect American criminals but also criminals from other countries.
    I used to be a Democrat but the tactics of the party over the last year have proven They are nuts.

    • mark

      they were probably helping the violent rioters. where do you think the criminals got their flares from? isn’t that what college tuition is meant to pay for, at least in leftist hatred land.

    • FOX6 IS FULL OF CRYBABY LIBERALS

      Exactly Deplorable Novaculus! FAUX6 is always showing their true liberal colors when it comes to these stories. One of the stories I looked at last night they (unsurprisingly) focused their camera on the “Stop the hate” signs and “attempted” to make these violent criminals look like “innocent protesters”, which they are the FARTHEST thing from! FAUX6 loves these snowflakes tho!

  • mark

    these are RIOTS plain and . Protests are peaceful, do not cause damage to public or private property, don’t harass, intimidate or endanger innocent passerby’s. But legal peaceful protests and demonstrations are not what the fear mongering leftists want. that does not spread enough fear, hatred and decisiveness for them. and they claim we are the ones that are spreading hate. they should watch themselves on TV.

  • Opinion8d

    Regardless of how ‘disgusting’ you think he is -(which according to the left tactics, would make you a homo-phobe, anti LBGTQ), he still has a right to speak -protected speech!!! If you want to become a nation of only the ‘majority’ can speak, just say so, because all hell would fall upon the left!!! The Silent Majority has been very patient with the loons on the left. They ‘peacefully’ voted in a new President that represents their beliefs. Patience may not last that long…..

    • Jeff

      If you expect me to be tolerant of bigotry you will be disappointed. Responding to bigots is heroic. Once the bigots crawl back into their holes, the response will end.

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