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California Protesters Shut Down Breitbart’s Milo Yiannopoulos

Milo Yiannopoulos was apparently too much for one college to handle, as heavy protests led to the cancellation of the Breitbart editor’s stop at the University of California at Davis.

“My event at UC Davis tonight has been cancelled after violence from left-wing protestors,” Yiannopoulos wrote on Facebook. “There are reports of hammers, smashed windows and barricades being torn away. The campus police can’t guarantee anyone’s safety so I’m not being allowed anywhere near the building. Stay safe, everyone.”

His claims of violence largely went unconfirmed, but news outlets reported the Friday night event had to be called off after demonstrators blocked access to the venue. Yiannopoulos, visiting American colleges as part of his “Dangerous Faggot” tour, was slated to appear with the pharmaceutical investor Martin Shkreli, who has attracted criticism following charges of price-gouging for medicine.

University administrators said they regretted the turn of events, describing them as anathema to the school’s commitment to open dialogue. Following the cancellation, Yiannopoulos and Shkreli led a small protest the next day on campus.

Yiannopoulos, who is openly gay and originally from Britain, has a record of racist, sexist and anti-Semitic remarks and identifies as a fellow traveler of the “alt-right.” He recently inked a book deal with Simon & Schuster to tell his personal story and recount his experiences from the presidential campaign, in which he supported President-elect Donald Trump, whom he refers to as “Daddy.”

Contact Daniel J. Solomon at solomon@forward.com or on Twitter @DanielJSolomon

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