Violent protests erupt at Berkeley over Breitbart editor's talk

04 February, 2017, 00:57 | Author: Priscilla Morrison

Newsom said that some of those at the protest in masks and black outfits are "professional agitators", adding, "there's no room for them".

US President Donald Trump threatened on Thursday to withdraw federal funds from UC Berkeley after violent overnight protests against a planned appearance by a controversial editor of conservative news website Breitbart.

Police "were equipped to shoot rubber bullets or what have you, and they really didn't do anything".

Police officers prepare to deploy a skirmish line after a student protest turned violent at UC Berkeley during a demonstration over right-wing speaker Milo Yiannopoulos, who was forced to cancel his talk, in Berkeley, California, U.S., February 1, 2017.

Carlson read a number of the headlines from the media that painted Yiannopoulos as "divisive", a "provocateur", and a "white supremacuist", arguing that the press coverage of the violent rioting Wednesday night contained a subtext of "you deserve it".

Before the night was over, the speech was canceled and the campus was on lock down. "They simply will not allow any speaker on campus, even someone as silly and harmless and gay as me, to have their voice heard", Mr. Yiannopoulos says.

Conservatives have slammed the Berkerly protestors for hypocrisy, citing the riots as evidence that the left is intolerant and won't hesitate to target minorities with right-of-centre opinions.

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"In the event people don't come forward to make a complaint, we don't have anything", White said.

Yiannopoulos, who was permanently banned by Twitter for abusive rhetoric, later posted on Facebook that he was evacuated from the campus after protesters breached the ground floor of the building.

Unfortunately, from the moment he opened his mouth I knew where he was headed. They all looked very- nearly paramilitary.

"You know, I am not a scary far-right, you know, kind of neo-Nazi as some of the posters claim".

"The violence was sparked by anarchist groups on campus who invaded an otherwise peaceful student-run event", he later wrote. It proves, beyond question, that not only the liberal arts faculties, but many administrators themselves are militant left-wing radicals who sympathize with protesting students. "Constitution" and of the campus's history as a center of free speech.

"The Berkeley campus was invaded by more than 100 armed individuals clad in Ninja-like uniforms who utilized paramilitary tactics to engage in violent destructive behavior created to shut the event down", he said in a Thursday statement.

Mr Yiannopoulos, whose Twitter account was suspended previous year after he was accused of participating in an online harassment of a black actress, criticised "the Left", saying in a statement it was "absolutely terrified of free speech and will do anything to shut it down".

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