[VIDEO] MILOMAGEDDON: Protests Against Breitbart Editor at Berkeley Turns Into RiotPosted: February 1, 2017 | |
Berkeley 1964 v Berkeley 2017. pic.twitter.com/2Qz6j9nxz1
— Stephen Miller (@redsteeze) February 2, 2017
— The Swog Blog (@hunterswogg) February 2, 2017
If you really want to crush Milo, or anyone in the audience-building business, ignore him. He prays day and night for drama like this.
— Kevin D. Williamson (@KevinNR) February 2, 2017
— Based Mom (@CHSommers) February 2, 2017
FEEL THE TOLERANCE https://t.co/DChaYPCYJW
— Robby Soave (@robbysoave) February 2, 2017
Michael Bodley and Nanette Asimov, San Francisco Chronicle report: A protest at UC Berkeley turned fiery and violent Wednesday night, shutting down a scheduled speech by right-wing provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos.
— Tom Rogan (@TomRtweets) February 2, 2017
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.
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.
— Kris Cruz (@rc_kris) February 2, 2017
Protests against alt-right speaker Milo move off UC Berkeley campus and into the streets. pic.twitter.com/c8CKFszmPJ
— Shane Bauer (@shane_bauer) February 2, 2017
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.
Yiannopoulos was invited to speak at the campus by the Berkeley College Republicans, a student group that was warned Tuesday by university officials that the event could result in the targeting of undocumented students. Yiannopoulos, an editor for the right-wing Breitbart News website, was expected to use the event in Berkeley to kick off a campaign against “sanctuary campuses” that have vowed to protect undocumented students as President Trump cracks down on illegal immigration.
— John Binder 👽 (@JxhnBinder) February 2, 2017
Police now on the second floor balcony shooting pellets (tear gas, I think) into the crowd. Chants of “fuck the police.” pic.twitter.com/rIoUu3f5np
— Michael Bodley (@michael_bodley) February 2, 2017
— Lukas Mikelionis (@LukasMikelionis) February 2, 2017
— ABC News (@ABC) February 2, 2017
— USA TODAY Multimedia (@usatodayvideo) February 2, 2017
Three lines of zip-tied metal fencing separated the crowd of protesters from campus police officers who had secured the building where Yiannopoulos was supposed to speak at 7 p.m. He had arrived earlier, escorted by security, and police said he had left the building after the protests erupted.
The protest turned violent just after 6 p.m. when dozens of masked anarchists, dressed in black and wearing backpacks, emerged from the otherwise peaceful crowd…(read more)