UC Berkeley says Milo Yiannopoulos won’t return to campus

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Milo Yiannopoulos will not return to UC Berkeley again this week, for what would have been “Free Speech Week,” after his brief appearance on Sproul Plaza on Sunday, according to an email released by the campus Sunday.

Yiannopoulos, who was co-organizing the four-day Free Speech Week event with campus publication the Berkeley Patriot, announced his intent Saturday to hold an event on campus Sunday, even though the Berkeley Patriot pulled its support from the event. Yiannopoulos spoke on the steps of Sproul Hall on Sunday for about 20 minutes with Infowars host Mike Cernovich and conservative author Pamela Geller, while a crowd of about 300 people protested his appearance.

During his talk Sunday, Yiannopoulos said he intends to return to campus every year.

The Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost called the protest on Sproul Plaza “relatively peaceful” in its email, and added that Yiannopoulos will not be returning to campus again after his “brief appearance” Sunday afternoon.

“We have been told he will not be returning to campus this week,” the campus said in the email. “Upper Sproul Plaza will be fully reopened by Monday morning and police barricades will be removed early in the week.”

But a rally that was previously scheduled to take place on the West Crescent Lawn at noon Sept. 25 in response to Free Speech Week is still likely to occur, according to the email.

Both campus staff members and students expressed concerns about Free Speech Week prior to its cancellation. Many professors canceled classes in light of safety concerns, and some students said they felt Free Speech Week was impacting both their academics and their safety.

The campus said in its email that it would be addressing the impact of Free Speech Week on community members in the coming days.

“Campus leadership will communicate in greater detail about the impact recent events have had on our campus community later in the week and offer plans for moving forward,” the campus said in an email.

Chantelle Lee is the city news editor. Contact her at [email protected] and follow her on Twitter at @ChantelleHLee.

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  • roccolore

    Democrats are fascist cowards who hate free speech.

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  • sylvie

    I’m still trying to figure out how Milo’s sign, which read “Feminism is Cancer,” is worth all the Sturm und Drang we are being forced to tolerate here in Berkeley. That’s right-wing “free speech”about which they are complaining to the federal government as their civil right to express?

    • Carlo Kane

      Berkeley…the entire campus is a daycare center, the people are so emotionally fragile, that most belong in diapers breastfeeding.

  • SMH

    ..

    MILO YIANNOPOULOS HAS MADE A **FOOL** OF THE UC BERKELEY CHANCELLOR & THE ENTIRE UNIVERSITY IN THE UNIVERSITY’S SPENDING OF **$800,000** TO **$1,000,000** FOR MILO’S 20 MINUTE PHOTO-OP & AUTOGRAPH SESSION.

    BUT IT *DOES* SHOW THAT THE CHANCELLOR CAN COME UP WITH SUCH MONEY WHEN THE CHANCELLOR *WANTS* TO DO SO — MONEY THAT COULD GO TO ETHNIC STUDIES & OTHER DIVERSITY *ENRICHMENT* EDUCATIONAL / ACADEMIC PROGRAMS, INSTEAD OF EDUCATIONAL / ACADEMIC CUTS OR SHORTCOMINGS.

    ..

    • SMH

      ..

      And, actually, the TV news said it was only 15 minutes!

      $800,000/15minutes = over **$53,000** per **minute**!!

      $1,000,000/15 minute = almost **$67,000** per **minute**!!

      ..

  • ESPM360

    A sad day for freedom. Thanks UCB.

    • Nunya Beeswax

      What was UCB supposed to do, arrange the event themselves? The Berkeley Patriot announced this slate of speakers, probably assuming that campus administration would refuse permission, allowing them to play the martyr role. To their surprise, the administration instead allowed it to move forward and even cooperated (providing security at a cost of $800K, which campus is stuck with paying). Faced with the reality of working out the logistics for a large and complicated event on their own, the Berkeley Patriot panicked and pulled their own plug.

      In other words, not UCB’s fault at all. The Berkeley Patriot’s bluff was called, and they folded. Simple as that.

    • Mykrohan

      UCB’s behavior here was nothing short of exemplary. They bent over backward to allow this event to happen, to make sure it would have the required security, and that no one’s rights would be infringed upon in the process. In short, they went above and beyond to defend the principle of free speech.

      The only people to blame for this fiasco are the hapless members of Berkeley Patriot, who never expected this level of cooperation and thus never actually bothered putting the event together. Perhaps next time they’ll act more honorably and responsibly – as of now, there is no reason to indulge their whining cries of victimhood for even a moment longer.