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Milo Yiannopoulos’ U.C. Berkeley Event Canceled After Riot

Milo Yiannopoulos, the Breitbart editor and far-right provocateur, was prevented from speaking at U.C. Berkeley Wednesday night, after protests turned violent and prompted security threats that led to the event’s cancellation.

“Don’t give up. They cannot win. They will not win,” he wrote on his Facebook page after the campus authorities canceled the talk. According to university officials, hundreds of masked agitator who did not attend the school converged there for the demonstration, breaking windows at the student union building, throwing Molotov cocktails at the police and starting fires.

The episode was picked up in the national press, leading President Donald Trump to respond on Twitter.

Yiannopoulos, a Trump super-fan and fellow traveler of the “alt-right,” was slated to appear at Berkeley as part of his “Dangerous Faggot” tour of American university campuses. A talk last month at U.C. Davis was nixed after similar violent protests.

He has a track record of making offensive statements about women and minorities, including equating feminism with cancer and criticizing Jews in media as “thick as pig-shit.”

The British-born writer is openly gay and also technically Jewish, due to having a maternal Jewish grandmother. His memoir, called “Dangerous,” will be released by Simon & Schuster in March.

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

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