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Pulling The Plug On Free Speech Week

Pulling The Plug On Free Speech Week”

Yiannopoulos, a controversial political figure who already incited storms of protest when he came to campus a few months ago, was at UC Berkeley yesterday as a guest speaker for "Free Speech Week", an event set up by a conservative student group.

The group is slated to asseble at 2 p.m.at Sproul Plaza before marching to an undisclosed location.

The following day, Yiannapoulos posted a letter sent by the Berkeley Patriot's legal counsel to the school's administration on Instagram, claiming that the student group had "been subjected to extraordinary pressure and resistance, if not outright hostility" while planning its Free Speech Week event.

The upheavel surrounding the university and its alleged take on free speech drew mixed reactions from students.

Yet when alt-right provocateur Milo Yiannopoulis arrived on campus on Sunday, surrounded by a reported $800,000 worth of security paid for by the university, only about 150 people showed up for what turned out to be a 15-minute speech.

Some demonstrations took place during his appearance.

Communities Against Racism and Fascism (CARF) announced that the kick-off event for the far right's "Free Speech Week" at UC Berkeley fizzled as white supremacist Milo Yiannopoulos and his supporters were outnumbered by anti-fascist protesters on September 24. The event resulted in the arrest of one person.

A subsequent news conference planned in Alamo Square was then also canceled, but the right-wing actions prompted large counter-protests throughout San Francisco.



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