(This article was updated repeatedly.)
Protesters enraged over a planned speech today (Feb. 1) by Breitbart tech editor Milo Yiannopoulos against “sanctuary campuses” are burning down parts of the UC Berkeley campus.
The campus is on lock down. At least one man appears to have been injured.
The rioting protesters who were reportedly armed with bricks, rocks, and fireworks have been ordered to disperse, Fox News Channel reported around 10:15 p.m. Eastern time. The Berkeley police had reportedly been given a “stand down” order which allowed rioters to generate mayhem.
Berkeley, interestingly enough, was the home of the Free Speech Movement in the 1960s.
Yiannopoulos has been evacuated from the school, his speech canceled. He had been there under the auspices of the David Horowitz Freedom Center which launched a counteroffensive today against the pro-illegal alien craziness that is spreading to institutions of higher learning.
According to SFGate:
The Berkeley Police Department said people threw bricks, smoking objects, and fireworks at police officers. University police locked down all buildings and ordered a shelter in place, and later fired rubber pellets into the crowd of protesters who defied orders to leave the area.
“This is what tolerance looks like at UC Berkeley,” said Mike Wright, a Berkeley College Republican member said as smoke bombs went off around him. Someone threw red paint on him. “It’s sad.”
Backed by the DHFC, Yiannopoulos was to demand “the withdrawal of federal grants and the prosecution of university officials who endanger their students with their policies, starting with UC President and former Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano and Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas Dirks.”
The University of California system is a bastion of lawlessness. UC provides legal aid to illegal alien students who wish to keep breaking U.S. law through the University of California Undocumented Legal Services Center at the UC Davis School of Law.
María Blanco, executive director of the UC Undocumented Legal Services Center, explained to Rolling Stone in December what a sanctuary campus was.
“Basically it’s a concept that says, ‘You’re safe here, and your immigration status, we won’t ask. We won’t turn you over. We won’t turn your records over.’”
UC President Napolitano is under the microscope because as president of the taxpayer-supported University of California system she is deliberately harboring hundreds of illegal aliens attending UC system schools. She has forbidden campus police from working with immigration law enforcement and provided $5 million to aid those illegals she is sheltering from ICE.
After leaving the campus Yiannopoulos posted a video on Facebook reflecting on the night’s events.
I don’t want to get into wild conspiracy theorizing or pointing fingers but it’s been noted by a number of people including Tucker Carlson at Fox News that the police presence did not seem to be particularly aggressive this evening and that’s something that I witnessed and that my security detail witnessed too. There was a sort of sit back, let it happen approach.
I was evacuated, really, at the first sign of trouble. Trouble did get a lot worse after I did leave so I think I’d’ve had to leave anyway. So this event may never have got off the ground. It seems as though the university and police didn’t really want it to happen but the fact that on an American college campus, a place of higher education, a place of learning in America which I’d come to, as a visitor from the United Kingdom where we don’t have a First Amendment, hoping that this would be somewhere where you could be, do, and say anything, where you could express your views, express your opinions, crack some jokes, make people think, make people laugh, free from violent responses to political ideas. I thought America was the one place where that would be possible.
I am, of course, not the racist or the sexist or anything else that the posters that they put up claim that I am. They do that in order to legitimize their own violence against you. But even if I were, even if the things that they said about me were true, this still wouldn’t be an appropriate response to ideas.