Milo Yiannopoulos is slated to headline University of California, Berkeley’s “Free Speech Week” event, but that’s not without massive backlash, of course. The firebrand, self-proclaimed provocateur has pledged that he will spend “hundreds of thousands of dollars” on security to prevent the event from being overrun with protesters.
Yiannopoulos told Campus Reform that he is “prepared to spend whatever it takes.”
The university has pledged to hold a “free speech year” in response to those who violently protest speakers on campus. The administration, however, has come up against significant pressure to tighten the reins on the upcoming free speech events.
“I’m very concerned about Milo Yiannopoulos and Ann Coulter and some of these other right-wing speakers coming to the Berkeley campus,” Berkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguin told The San Francisco Chronicle. “It’s just a target for black bloc to come out and commit mayhem on the Berkeley campus and have it potentially spill out on the street.”
“We don’t want the moral, psychological and fiscal expense of having these agents of hate coming to our town,” Berkeley City Councilman Ben Bartlett told The Los Angeles Times. “We know the contest of ideas is at the very heart of freedom, but at the same time when the ideas are certain to cause bloodshed I’m inclined to err on the side of protecting the population, and I say that with a heavy heart.”
It will be interesting to see how this event plays out at the end of September — if at all.
Check out this article about what UCB is doing to prepare for the event after the backlash of his last attempt to speak at Berkeley here
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