08 February 2017

Milo Will Be Back in Berkeley

Milo at Berkeley
Controversial provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos announced last 4 February via Facebook that he has plans to return to Berkeley, following violent demonstrations against free speech that prompted UC Berkeley to cancel his speaking event there.

"I'm planning to return to Berkeley to give the speech I was prevented from delivering," Yiannopoulos said in a post on his Facebook page. "Hopefully within the next few months. I'll keep you posted."

UC Berkeley spokesman Dan Mogulof said the university has not heard yet from student groups about inviting Yiannopoulos back to campus, but there are definitely plan. The Berkeley College Republicans was the group that planned his previous speaking event.

"Student groups have the right and ability to invite who they wish," Mogulof said last 4 February. If the college Republicans or any other student group invites Yiannopoulos back to campus, the university would discuss it with the group and with university police, he said.

UC police said they brought in extra officers and metal barricades in preparation of Yiannopoulos' event a few days ago.

Yiannopoulos was scheduled to speak at the campus’ Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union last 1 February before the event was called off as violent demonstrators gathered outside the building.

UC Berkeley officials condemned the violence of the protests the following day.

Advertised on Eventbrite as "The Dangerous Faggot Tour," Yiannopoulos' speaking tour also included stops at UC Davis and UCLA. The UC Davis event was also canceled amid protests. Yiannopoulos writes for the Breitbart News and has drawn ire for his conservative stand and his revelations on the violence of Islam.

Still, many have advocated for his right to speak at the campus under the First Amendment, including UC Berkeley.