To begin with stating the obvious, the first amendment in the US Constitution is about free speech, which is a sacred right of sorts, thus guaranteeing personal freedoms and especially freedom when it comes to political speech.
Also, university campuses should be free speech zones, not safe zones, where any type of opinion should be allowed, especially unpopular opinion, that’s the essence of free speech.
Last night, Breitbart Senior Editor’s Milo Yiannopoulos was scheduled at UC Berkeley for delivering a speech in front of the university’s students. All the 600 tickets for attending the event were sold in advance.
The building hosting the event was violently attacked by masked rioters pretending to be anti-fascists. The rioters were well organized and armed with bricks and fireworks, forcing the organizers to cancel the event.
Milo Yiannopoulos is a a highly controversial figure and UC Berkeley was his final “show” of sorts in his tour aimed at challenging what he describes as an epidemic of political correctness on US college campuses. And yes inded, he was proven right again.
As night fell, large groups of protesters (protesting free speech, mind you) were already gathering in the area between the North End of Telegraph Avenue and the Sather Gate. The gathered crowd was joined by masked rioters (the mainstream media calls them activists but that’s ferreting with words) who started throwing bricks and various projectiles at the campus police who were holding their position protecting the entrance of the Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union building.
Some of the rioters used police barriers as shields of sorts, ramming them against the doors of the venue and managing to enter the building’s first floor.
The UC campus police responded with tear gas and ordered the unlawful rioters to disperse. Shortly afterwards, they announced that Milo’s event was cancelled, followed by a campus lock-down.
UC Berkeley insisted it did not invite Milo Yiannopoulos and also that it doesn’t endorse his political views (Milo is a big Trump supporter); however, the university is committed to free speech and all that liberal palaver.
Prior to Milo’s speech, the students received a notice saying that the university’s staff anticipates a major demonstration/protest leading up to Milo’s speech and advised students to avoid the area.
It’s worth mentioning that there was no mention about UC Berkeley condoning/discouraging the protests, but that’s hardly a surprise.
— John Binder ? (@JxhnBinder) February 2, 2017
This is how tolerance looks in a liberal campus:
Source: SF Gate