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Right-wing speaker at Berkeley canceled after protests

Thursday, February 02, 2017 - 01:07

Hundreds of protesters at the University of California at Berkeley clashed with police and smashed windows and force a right-wing speaker to cancel his appearance at the liberal-leaning institution. Ryan Brooks reports.

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The University of California Berkeley going into lockdown Wednesday (February 1) night. A violent protest erupting on campus over a planned appearance by right wing speaker Milo Yiannopoulos, demonstrators tearing away barricades, setting fires and lighting firecrackers. School officers later said on Twitter the Yiannapolus speech had been canceled. He's a far-right Breitbart News editor the same outlet President Donald Trump's chief strategist Steve Bannon used to run. Police ordered crowds outside the student union to disperse, just before protesters set a generator on fire. Yiannapoulos's own Twitter account was suspended last year after he was accused of taking part in the online racial harassment of African-American actress Leslie Jones. The Breitbart editor told Fox News he was evacuated by police after protesters began throwing rocks at the building, saying in a separate statement, quote "the Left" was "absolutely terrified of free speech and will do literally anything to shut it down."

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Right-wing speaker at Berkeley canceled after protests

Thursday, February 02, 2017 - 01:07