Provocation is nothing new to the controversial figure Milo Yiannopoulos, but his nationwide college tour continues to enrage violent protests.
UC Berkeley is Yiannopoulos’s latest stop and during a large protest at least one fire has been reported on campus. In response the campus has been placed on lockdown after a violent clash between police and activists. This marks the second time in two weeks that safety concerns have forced the cancellation of a Yiannopoulos speech.
The political provocateur and editor for conservative website, Breitbart News, seems unsurprised by these demonstrations commenting, “One thing we do know for sure: the Left is absolutely terrified of free speech and will do literally anything to shut it down.”
This statement echoes similar incidents that occurred during his visit to CU Boulder last week. The speech titled “Why Ugly People Hate Me” included topics surrounding feminism, Muslims, obesity, and political correctness. The talk stirred a passionate rally and resulted in the arrests of three protestors.
While the on-campus the event remained relatively safe, those with tickets to the speech received an alarming message via email reading, “We know who you are. Tonight we will know your faces. The identity of attendees will be released to the public on a list of known neo-Nazi sympathizers.”
— david smith (@ii1111) January 26, 2017
CU Police Department is still investigating the email, but they do not suspect online hacking occurred.
UPDATE: Milo Yiannopoulos has withdrawn his invitation to speak at UCLA February 2nd making Cal Berkeley the last stop of his speaking tour.