Student Republicans at the University of California at Berkeley have been facing on-campus intimidation and harassment following their controversial speaking invitation last month to Milo Yiannopoulos, whose arrival on campus was met with violent riots.
The riots were championed by leftist activists, including black masked anarchists wielding live firecrackers.
In the month since the riots, leftist students have distributed fliers painting Berkeley’s College Republicans as white supremacists. Republican students’ property has also been vandalized.
This past week, posters falsely claiming that the College Republicans “have been known to intimidate and physically attack activists” were distributed throughout the campus. The posters referred to them as “baby fascists” and claimed that the group “invited armed militias” to a pro-Trump march. It also claimed that the group was “closely tied to Nathan Damigo and Identity Evropa,” a California white nationalist and his fascist followers.
Campus Reform shared an image of the fliers, seen below. It contains the names and pictures of Berkeley College Republicans.
Leftist also destroyed signs belonging to the College Republicans. Footage of the vandalism was captured on camera.
In the video, a student in a sleeveless shirt can be seen smashing up signs in front of some College Republicans, and asks smugly if they’re “going to do anything about it.”
The next day, a student on a bicycle approached a College Republicans’ table and “began to stomp on our sign and completely tore it apart,” according to a student who spoke to Campus Reform. That student also who alleges that the leftist attempted to ram into him with the bicycle.
The incident was reported to the police, who have since charged Harlan Suashunn La Wade with a misdemeanor over the bicycle attack. Another student caught on camera has yet to be identified.
In the wake of these attacks, UC Berkeley administrators released a statement decrying the acts of vandalism and intimidation.
“We have received reports of a new round of disturbing incidents of harassment, intimidation, and vandalism directed at members of the Berkeley College Republicans,” Associate Chancellor Nils Gilman wrote in an official statement. “The acts in question include destruction of the organization’s sign, which was captured on video; “’doxxing’ of certain members; and the posting of threatening posters around campus.”
“The university is unswervingly committed to supporting and defending all our students’ First Amendment rights, and their ability to freely engage in political activities across the ideological spectrum,” he continued, adding that campus police would be investigating these incidents, identifying the perpetrators, and enforcing the law.