Berkeley Protests: Hundreds Rally After Coulter Talk Cancelled, Arrests Made

(AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File). Because you realize, she doesn't actually want to speak.

Gavin McInnes speaks at a rally for free speech Thursday, April 27, 2017, in Berkeley, Calif. Demonstrators gathered near the University of California, Berkeley campus amid a strong police presence and rallied to show support for free speech and condemn the views of Ann Coulter and her supporters.

Right-wing commentator Ann Coulter pulled out of a controversial speech at the University of California, Berkeley, earlier this week after losing the backing of conservative groups that had sponsored her appearance - a move that disappointed those on the "alt-right" who saw it as a sign of weakness.

Police are preparing for violent outbreaks between militant factions on both sides. We stand in firm condemnation of any group which seeks to divide people for their personal gain- it is irresponsible and detrimental not only to political progress but to our nation as a whole. "We need to listen to each other but we're each caught in our own bubbles", he said. "Berkeley students are interested in political discourse", she said. A campus speech earlier this year by then-Breitbart News editor Milo Yiannopoulos was canceled after masked protesters, some hiding behind homemade shields, smashed windows and shot fireworks at police officers.

Hundreds of Coulter's supporters gathered in a downtown Berkeley park Thursday to protest the cancellation of her speaking event at the University of California, Berkeley. She was not spotted at the rally. The crowds eventually swelled to several hundreds people, Berkeleyside reported. And that's the same park near downtown Berkeley that has been the site of violent and bloody clashes between the left and the right.

He wore a military grade helmet with a "Make America Great Again" sticker across the back, goggles, gas mask and knee pads.

People with helmets gather among members of opposing factions.

Numerous protesters have "Build That Wall" or "Trump" stickers across their helmets and several are concealing their identities wearing mirrored ski goggles over their eyes. One man had duct tape reading "Berkeley" over his mouth.

Bell said that he is a proud resident of the "People's Republic of Berkeley, California" and stated a riot that occurred there had disrupted a farmers' market he frequents.

"On March 4 and April 15, left and right wing protestors skirmished in a nearby Berkeley park". Dhillon pointed out that the former president of Mexico, Supreme Court justices, and many others have been allowed to speak at the university, but not Coulter. This is about the safety of students on campus. And if you can't keep silent about Coulter, the next-best thing would be to point out just how tiresome her act is. "She is an American hero".

The group on its Facebook page calls itself a fraternal organization aimed at "reinstating a spirit of Western chauvinism during an age of globalism and multiculturalism". It said it supports minimal government and is also anti-political correctness, anti-racial guilt and pro-gun rights.

Coulter told Carlson that the talk her critics would consider "seditious and hateful speech" was going to be a "searingly brilliant speech on immigration". But she remained coy about what she might do instead.

Coulter said in an email to The Associated Press that she might stroll across campus to greet supporters and "stroll around the graveyard of the First Amendment".

All three incidents were cited on Wednesday in an open letter from UC Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas Dirks explaining the school's position.

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