Far-left institution forced to change speaker policy after settling a First Amendment suit last December…
(Liberty Headlines) Determined to disrupt the free exchange in the marketplace of ideas, hundreds of far-left anti-free-speech activists rallied Thursday outside a University of California, Berkeley auditorium where conservative commentator Ann Coulter gave a speech.
Five people were arrested during the riot, an official said.
Between 1,500 and 2,000 social justice warriors chanted slogans outside the event, where police put up a large water-filled barricade. Some demonstrators harassed people trying to enter the building, yelling at them and pushing them.
A person who had a ticket to the event was injured after scuffling with a protester and taken to a hospital as a precautionary measure, said Dan Mogulof, a university spokesman.
“We don’t believe the injuries were serious,” he said.
UC Berkeley police arrested four people for not following officers’ orders and one for battery on an officer. Three are students of the university, Mogulof said.
Police said one of the two non-students was wearing a mask, a common hallmark in past Antifa protests, which have led to violence not only in Berkeley, but also other far-left towns like Portland, Oregon, and Charlottesville, Virginia.
A woman in the audience who began yelling during Coulter’s Wednesday night speech titled “Adiós, America!” was handcuffed by security and taken out of the event, KPIX-TV reported. It wasn’t clear if the woman was one of the five who was arrested.
A scheduled appearance by Coulter didn’t take place in 2017 in the wake of violence before a scheduled talk by another right-wing speaker, Milo Yiannopoulos, when dozens of black-clad anarchists appeared among the crowd and attacked people. They later vandalized businesses near the campus.
A lawsuit accused the university of discriminating against conservative speakers. UC Berkeley claimed the lawsuit’s accusation was unsubstantiated but settled it nonetheless, agreeing to change its policy as a result.
Adapted from reporting by the Associated Press