UC Berkeley protests against Breitbart editor turn violent, triggering lockdown

The 32-year-old Greek-born British journalist is a senior editor for the conservative news and opinion website. He’s been called a spokesperson for the so-called “alt-right” movement for his extreme views on Islam, social justice, and political correctness.WATCH LIVE: Violent protests force cancellation of Yiannopulous speechHe’s a self-proclaimed “internet troll” who has been widely criticized for being racist and misogynistic.Passions started flaring around 4 p.m. “We want to bring someone here on campus to help speak on issues that sort of opens the dialogue.”But there are many others who believe Yiannopulous’ rhetoric is hateful, even dangerous, and has no place on a public university campus. Extra police officers were called to monitor the event.The protests turned violent shortly before 5 p.m. “Chancellor Dirks in his statement said the Constitution does not allow him to restrict free speech, and that’s not true,” said protest organizer Mukund Rathi. as the event approached, with demonstrators lighting fires and fireworks on the Cal campus. DAVIS, Calif. between both sides on the Cal campus ahead of Yiannopoulos’ 8 p.m. The sold-out event was sponsored by the Cal Poly chapter of the College Republicans and not by the university itself.He has yet to step foot on campus, but the famous provocateur is stirring debate and prompting protests at Berkeley.The barricades are up for the crowds expected ahead of Yiannopulous’ speech.”We’re doing this because we feel like we want to exercise our free speech,” said President of the Berkeley College Republicans Jose Diaz. “The law, ample court precedent, and the Supreme Court could not be clearer that this event is fully and completely protected by the first amendment.” Davis was canceled at the last minute due to security concerns.U.C. Berkeley officials told ABC7 News they have outside police agencies ready if necessary to keep the same sort of scene from forming at Berkeley.”We are confident that we have the plan and the pieces in place,” said Dan Mogulof of UC Berkeley. “Universities restrict free speech all the time for educational and security reasons.”Last month, Yiannopoulos’ planned appearance at U.C. — A planned appearance Wednesday by controversial internet figure Milo Yiannopulos, an editor for the conservative website Breitbart was cancelled after protests turned violent on the U.C. Cal State police monitored the crowd closely. speech. Berkeley campus.A similar event at UC Davis was also canceled. The event is sponsored by the Berkeley College Republicans. Yiannopoulos spoke Monday night at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, where he drew a diverse crowd of opponents and supporters.