Iowa State University officials are trying to derail an upcoming appearance by free-speech provocateur Milo Yiannopolous by demanding nearly $2,000 in additional security fees just days prior to the event, student organizers claim.
One of the students organizing the Milo event, which is scheduled to take place on December 9, told Breitbart Tech that after paying $1070 “out of my pocket” to cover all expenses related to the event, such as renting space and equipment, university officials recently informed him that campus police would require an additional six officers to secure the venue, at an additional cost of $1944.
The organizer has since sought to raise money to cover the cost of the additional fee, but has only come up with about $500. He thinks the extra security requirement is an attempt by administration officials to censor conservative speech on campus by imposing prohibitive costs on organizers.
“As far as I can tell, no liberal events ever required additional security,” the organizer said. “There are rarely any conservatives events that are held so its pretty obvious they are trying to cancel this event.”
Milo is currently on a nationwide speaking tour of college campuses that runs through February 2017. His presence at a university is typically a controversial affair, often involving rowdy student protests and administrative efforts to prevent him from speaking.
Iowa State is not the only university to impose last-minute security costs on student organizers ahead of a Milo event. The University of Maryland did the same prior to a Milo speech in October, which resulted in the event to be cancelled.
Officials at Minnesota State University, where Milo is scheduled to speak on December 15, recently demanded an increased security presence for the event, effectively doubling the cost imposed on student organizers.
The right-wing firebrand has been “permanently suspended” from Twitter since July 2016 for violating the social media company’s “hateful conduct policy.”
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