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Speech by Milo Yiannopoulos, a conservative Breitbart writer and Senior Editor was cancelled Wednesday, February 1, 2017 due to violent protests.
Yiannopoulos has since left the UC Berkeley campus, since hundreds of protesters began smashing windows, throwing fireworks and ripping down metal barricades.
The protest took place outside the MLK Student Union Building in Sproul Plaza, which serves as a symbol of free speech, dating back to the peaceful protests of the 1960’s. There was a unmissable flaming anti-Milo symbol, now pile of scrap metal dead-center in Sproul Plaza, which is one of many fires started on Wednesday. Protesters continued to spill out on the surrounding streets and stick around for the “dance party” as a CNN reporter put it.
Berkeley is infamous for having a politically active student body; but is all the destruction done today worth it? Some say yes, and others argue that destroying property is taking it too far. Obviously, the Wednesday protest at Berkeley was more than just a reaction to Yiannopoulos — rather, a combination of frustration, outrage and response to the recent Executive Orders, Cabinet Picks and Lies or should I say, “Alternative Facts” (Thanks, KellyAnne) of the Trump administration.
Anti-Fascist Protesters argued that their intent was to “show our unwillingness to allow our campus to be used to spread Yiannopoulous’s vile bigotry at this time when the forces of oppression are ascendant nationally.” (The Daily Californian)
Yiannopoulos has responded via Twitter, saying:
“I have been evacuated from the UC Berkeley campus after violent left-wing protesters tore down barricades, lit fires, threw rocks…My team and I are safe. But the event has been cancelled…One thing we do know for sure: the Left is absolutely terrified of free speech and will do literally anything to shut it down.”
Though Yiannopoulos is pretty unbearable, he does have the right to free speech, just as protester have the right to protest. So, despite his extreme and despicable online personality: he’s bullied overweight people, lesbians AND has harassed Leslie Jones, OF ALL PEOPLE, LESLIE?! There is a valid argument to reflect upon here: how far should we take it? Should free-speech, no matter the content be allowed?
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