Berkely Campus says it couldn’t find a safe venue
American conservative social and political commentator Ann Coulter tweeted yesterday (Wednesday) that she intends to speak at UC Berkely next week as originally planned despite campus officials canceling the scheduled event citing “security concerns”. Coulter, who was invited to speak at Berkeley by campus Republicans on the subject of illegal immigration, called the move to cancel her event on April 27 “a ban on free speech”, the AP reports.
UC Berkely has seen masked left-wing Antifa rioters smash windows, set fires and shut down an appearance by former Breitbart News editor Milo Yiannopoulos in February, as well as beat attendants of later conservative rallies such during “Patriots Day” on Sunday.
On Tuesday, Berkeley College Republicans received a letter from the University stating that officials and campus police had determined they could not properly ensure the safety of Coulter and her audience: “We have been unable to find a safe and suitable venue,” said the letter from Vice Chancellor Scott Biddy and Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Stephen Sutton. “Given current active security threats, it is not possible to assure that the event could be held successfully.”
— Golden Gate Xpress (@GGXnews) April 15, 2017