UC Berkeley Group Cancels ‘Free Speech Week,’ But Milo Shows Up Anyway by the Forward

UC Berkeley Group Cancels ‘Free Speech Week,’ But Milo Shows Up Anyway

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A University of California, Berkeley student group has cancelled its “Free Speech Week,” a four-day event beginning on Sunday set to include appearances by right-wing media figures Stephen Bannon, Ann Coulter and Milo Yiannopoulos.

However, Yiannopoulos showed up anyway on Sunday. According to Quartz, Berkeley was forced to pay $800,000 in security fees during Yiannopolos’ twenty-minute appearance.

The student group, the Berkeley Patriot, a conservative student news publication, said it decided to cancel the event on Saturday “through its outside legal counsel.”

The following day, Yiannapoulos posted a letter sent by the Berkeley Patriot’s legal counsel to the school’s administration on Instagram, claiming that the student group had “been subjected to extraordinary pressure and resistance, if not outright hostility” while planning its Free Speech Week event.

Yiannapoulos was only able to remain on campus while surrounded by law enforcement in riot gear, as he was swarmed by hundreds of protestors.

In February, Yiannapoulos cancelled a planned speaking engagement at Berkeley due to violent protests of his appearance.

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Ari Feldman

Ari Feldman

Ari Feldman is a staff writer at the Forward. He covers Jewish religious organizations, synagogue life, anti-Semitism and the Orthodox world. If you have any tips, you can email him at feldman@forward.com. Follow him on Twitter @aefeldman.

Milo Shows Up At Berkeley’s Cancelled Free Speech Week

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