Published: Sun, September 24, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Berkeley event led by Milo Yiannopoulos faces setbacks amid cancellations, confusion

Berkeley event led by Milo Yiannopoulos faces setbacks amid cancellations, confusion

According to the UC Berkeley website, the student organization, Berkeley Patriot has decided "through its outside legal counsel" that they have canceled all events that taking place between September 24-27.

"I've just been told that student group the Berkeley Patriot, under pressure from the administration, is withdrawing its sponsorship of Free Speech Week", Mr. Yiannopoulos reacted in a Facebook post Saturday.

Milo Yiannopoulos, the polarizing Breitbart News editor, speaks at California Polytechnic State University as part of his "The Dangerous Faggot Tour" of college campuses, on January 31, 2017, in San Luis Obispo, Calif.

"It is extremely unfortunate that this announcement was made at the last minute, even as the University was in the process of spending significant sums of money and preparing for substantial disruption of campus life in order to provide the needed security for these events", Mogulof said in a statement. It's unclear whether this media appearance is still in the works.

"Free Speech Week" festivities scheduled to begin Sunday at the University of California in Berkeley are up in the air after several high-profile participants said they aren't attending and its organizers abandoned ship.

He also quashed assertions that the university was somehow to blame for the event's alleged cancelation.

University officials said they had worked around-the-clock and spent more than $1 million to ensure there would be adequate security for the "Free Speech Week" events.

Earlier this month, UC Berkeley spent $600,000 on ramping up security during a speech by political commentator Ben Shapiro.

FILE - In this February 1, 2017 file photo, University of California, Berkeley police guard the building where Breitbart News editor Milo Yiannopoulos was to speak.

Some of the speakers advertised for the event, such as Ann Coulter and Steve Bannon, were never confirmed, the university said.

Mr. Wintrich, one of the scheduled speakers, said on Thursday that the event did not seem to be well organized. She said by email she was told that Berkeley administrators were dead-set on blocking the event "and pulled all the usual tricks."...

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