A rally in support of Ann Coulter has wrapped up in Berkeley, and the conservative provocateur did not make an appearance despite hints from her and hopes from supporters that she might. It never arrived, at least not by early evening.
The current debate at Berkeley over the contested appearance of Ann Coulter as a guest speaker, of course, is emblematic of the larger, serious issue of which views should be permitted on campus and which, because they are deemed by the illiberal Left to be outside the bounds of appropriate discourse, should not. It said "both individuals' affiliation to UC Berkeley is unknown at this time", and did not elaborate about the reasons for the arrests.
On social media, however, many in the anarchist and antifascist camps pointed to Coulter's cancellation as proof their use of violence as a tool works. "If these extremists get violent we'll put our foot down". Civic Center Park, at times outnumbering demonstrators.
On Tuesday, student organizers filed a suit against UC Berkeley for snuffing out freedom of speech.
Police had faced criticism after the earlier clashes for failing to stop the violence. Antifascist and anarchist protesters turned a crowd of students protesting Yiannopoulos into a violent mob, breaking windows and setting fires, and police advised university officials to cancel his speech.
A person who has not yet been identified was arrested on suspicion of resisting arrest.
What is not protected are threats of violence, like the kind that was coming from some people who planned to protest Coulter's arrival on campus.
The reality, at Berkeley and on campuses nationwide, is that the selectivity about who may speak and where and when nearly exclusively applies to conservative speakers (and those who are pro-Israel). They were watched by about 100 bystanders.More news: Comparison between investment and gambling
Anti-Coulter and anti-Trump protesters at the park held a banner that read: "It's not about 'free speech, ' it's about bigots trying to normalize hate". "This is about fascism", he said. "In the name of humanity, we refuse to accept a fascist America".
The International Socialist Organization called for members to meet at noon at the corner of Bancroft Way and Telegraph Avenue.
The conservative commentator said that the University of California, Berkeley canceled her event.
In emails to The Associated Press on Wednesday, Coulter confirmed that her planned speech on illegal immigration, followed by a question-answer session, was canceled. "I hold as much frustration and blame for antifa as I do for some of the right-wing groups". Later today, there's a pro-Coulter and pro-Trump group called the Proud Boys who will stage an event at a nearby park.
"You have Linda Sarsour giving a speech at CUNY", he said, referring to the co-chair of the Day Without a Woman Protest.
"We'll keep coming back", Southern said. We at BridgeUSA at Berkeley will continue to engage in dialogue with opposing political perspectives and challenge prominent ideas.
The rally Thursday ended peacefully and another was set later in the day.
Many at the park rally about a mile (1.6 kilometres) from the university's main Sproul Plaza also wore military grade helmets and body armour. "We listen, and try to help people listen". "Berkeley College Republicans do not want to endanger people's lives so because of the university's unwillingness to do their job we are forced to cancel the event", Troy Worden, president of the campus Republicans, said Wednesday. Campus officials say, well, that violence was perpetrated by outside groups and not students.