Leftist rioters shut down a speaking event scheduled to feature Breitbart’s Milo Yiannopoulos at University of California, Berkeley, on Wednesday evening.
Speaking with Fox News Channel’s Tucker Carlson, Yiannopoulos said “people in black clothes and masks” who were “clearly carrying concealed shields and weapons” began throwing rocks at building which he was preparing for his event. He was subsequently evacuated by his security team.
Yiannopoulos has been touring college and university campuses giving political – with a particular focus on neo-Marxist movements such as feminism and the broader left – speeches for some months.
“Free speech is under serious threat on American college campuses from the progressive left, from the social justice left,” said Yiannopoulos. “Violent left-wing protesters stormed the building and forced me to be evacuated by police and my security detail.”
Carlson observed the lack of police presence from the live video feeds of the rots he was monitoring, about which Yiannnopoulos commented:
“The extent to which police assist on these occasions varies widely. I remember when I was speaking at DePaul University, university administrators told [Chicago police] not to intervene when protesters stormed the stage, smashed the mic, and swung for my face… By and large, there seem to be some weird police strategies going on… seems like it was a very hands off approach until the very last minute.
You know, let it burn, let them wear themselves out, and we’ll only intervene at the very, very last moment. I’m not in a position to speculate, I don’t want to cast aspersions or to engage in conspiracy theory, but it did not seem to me as though everything was being done that could possibly done to allow this event to proceed.”
Watch the interview below.
Yiannopoulos posted messages and a video to his Facebook page shortly after the cancelation of his event:
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