BERKELEY — Less than two hours before right-wing lightning-rod Milo Yiannopoulos was prepared to bring his controversial act to UC Berkeley Wednesday amid heightened security and calls by detractors to shut down the event, campus officials canceled the event shortly after demonstrations turned violent.
Tensions rose shortly after a group of protesters wearing bandanas set fire to wood pallets and debris near a barricade. Protesters threw fireworks in the direction of police officers, who wore full riot gear and returned fire with tear gas. A light generator was knocked down and set on fire, where demonstrators surrounded the blaze with their signs in the air. Metal barricades set around the building were chucked into windows.
Police issued dispersal orders, but protesters continued to rally against the conservative speaker. Yiannopoulos responded to the protesters on Facebook.
“One thing we do know for sure: the Left is absolutely terrified of free speech and will do literally anything to shut it,” he wrote.
Well, it sounds like peace and order have been restored in Berkeley. At a high price, free speech. If you don’t want to someone to express his or her viewpoint, just create enough chaos and threats of violence. I should mention this guy (whom I have never heard or read) was in Seattle and there was violence as well - including a shooting.
seattletimes.com/seattle-news/crime/police-release-man-arrested-in-uw-shooting/ - you have to read this