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UC Berkeley Cancels Milo Yiannopoulos Talk Amid Protests

04 February 2017

The president's executive orders and proposed policies, including his suspension of the US refugee program and temporary ban on travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries, have triggered largely peaceful demonstrations by tens of thousands of people across the United States.

UC Berkeley graduate student Pike Long was glad the event was eventually shut down but said university administrators should have canceled it sooner. Police reported substantial amounts of debris on campus, and warned visitors to the campus to be aware of their surroundings. And the quickest way to halt their growth is for everyone who learns about Yiannopolous appearing at UC Berkeley to see burning streets and broken windows and think, "not me".

Violent protests and property destruction forced the cancellation of a controversial conservative speaker event at the University of California, Berkeley on Wednesday night.

Yiannopoulos' event was canceled after demonstrators threw smoke bombs and flares.

Because of his visit, a peaceful protest was planned for the event, and approximately 1,500 people had gathered to chant and hold signs.

BART officials temporarily halted train service at the downtown Berkeley station due to civil disturbance in the area.

Shortly after 6am on Thursday, President Trump blamed the protest on the university, which he claimed "does not allow free speech and practices violence on innocent people with a different point of view".

Campus police said at least three people were injured.

"Multiple methods of crowd control were in place", the university's statement said.

Yiannopoulos is the senior editor of Breitbart News, the "alt-right" news outlet that supported Trump throughout his presidential election campaign a year ago and which has been accused of propagating "fake news" with its fervently anti-immigration agenda.

Protesters shattered windows at the same building and threw firecrackers and rocks, according to CNN. He uses "levity and humor" that should not be taken literally, Sittler said. His final stop was supposed to be UCLA on Thursday but the invitation was rescinded, making Berkeley his grand finale.

UC Berkeley Cancels Milo Yiannopoulos Talk Amid Protests