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Ann Coulter Cancels Berkeley Speech Amid Protests: 'Free Speech Crushed by Thugs'
May 30 2017, 07:15 | Irvin Gilbert
On Monday, the group that invited Coulter to speak, the Berkeley College Republicans, filed a federal lawsuit against UC-Berkeley, accusing the college of trying "to restrict conservative speech" on its campus.
The university proposed rescheduling her appearance to May 2.
The foundation says they are moving forward with their lawsuit against UC Berkeley, and "looks forward to the day when First Amendment freedoms are enjoyed by conservative students". He said it is important for people outside the campus community to recognize that the violence is not a reflection of the campus, but rather of unaffiliated groups hoping to stir up trouble.
They say Berkeley should be ashamed for creating this hostile atmosphere.
The repressive actions alleged by Berkeley Republicans and YAF include previous wrangling over a scheduled and ultimately cancelled speech by David Horowitz and Berkeley's offer to reschedule Coulter's speech for May 2-a date lawyers representing the groups say is unsuitable because it falls during a study period for students. Berkeley said that the change would mean fewer students would be on campus at the time of the event, so there would be a reduced likelihood for violent demonstrations.
UC Berkeley is bracing for conservative pundit Ann Coulter.
Dirks told a news conference that police have "very specific intelligence regarding threats that could pose a grave danger to the speaker", her audience and protesters if the event goes ahead next Thursday.
Instead of shutting down talks by causing security concerns or disrupting speakers, Sanders instructed liberals to ask Coulter "the hard questions". Reportedly, the student groups who had originally invited Coulter backed out of supporting the event in the last 24 hours.
The University of California welcomes speakers of all political viewpoints and is committed to providing a forum to enable Ann Coulter to speak on the Berkeley campus.
The two conservative groups, the Berkeley College Republicans and the Young America's Foundation, have chose to fight back, suing the school of the restriction of conservative speech on campus.
UC police canceled an appearance in February by another far-right speaker, Milo Yiannopoulos, after a riot began just before his speech was to be delivered.
As we said, the university is being played.
Rory Little, a professor at the University of California Hastings College of Law said UC Berkeley was facing "new conditions" and had not seen such "level of violence in a long time".
It said UC officials and police "have permitted the demands of a faceless, rabid, off-campus mob to dictate what speech is permitted at the center of campus during prime time".