- Yiannopoulos event was shut down last night
- Heat Street interviewed Edward Ward, the unrepentant ringleader
- Listen to audio of Edward Ward’s justification
The student who dramatically shut down Milo Yiannopolous’ speech at DePaul University last night has claimed the controversial speaker’s views on race and feminism are to blame for the Charleston shootings – and has vowed to continue halting “hate speech”.
Yiannopoulos’ talk was abruptly halted when a group of activists stormed the stage and allegedly threatened to punch the speaker in the face.
The protesters refused to leave the stage and snatched the microphone from the interviewer’s hand during the event about free speech.
Student and church minister Edward Ward (pictured top, and center in video below), along with a female accomplice, chanted against Donald Trump and screamed pro-Bernie Sanders statements in front of a crowd of hundreds.
Speaking exclusively to Heat Street, he said: “This is not a point of shutting down free speech, it’s the point of shutting down hate speech” and promised to “continue to do so long as there’s anything that’s happening that threatens my safety”.
He added: “When I went, I was open to listen to what was being said, I was open to listen and try to understand.
“But when it’s coming from a point of ignorance, when you make these blatant statements about feminists, when you make blatant statements about the LGBTQ community, when you make statements about black people – then it becomes a problem, because when you use this kind of hatred people like us end up dead.
“You get Charleston. These are what you get as a result of his type of speech and rhetoric.”
The political science graduate also claimed: “You have a bunch of white people who wanna actually say a bunch of racist s*** and that’s not okay.”
His as-yet unnamed female accomplice claimed on stage she had been silenced “for 200 years”.
— Andrew (@LongMfer) May 25, 2016
But the audience were left shocked after university security guards partially paid for by Yiannopoulos allegedly failed to intervene and stayed at the back of the venue – prompting chants of “do your job”.
Heat Street has contacted DePaul University for comment.
He then led a crowd to the college principal’s office to protest the shutdown of his speech.
Yiannopoulous told the audience: “I suggest we walk to the president’s office and complain now.
“Let us go and express how you feel to the president about your safety.”
The chaos continued outside where the audience clashed with left-wing activists.
Yiannopoulos said to Breitbart: “Will DePaul have the courage to discipline Edward Ward for his behaviour?
“In a normal world they would, but there’s a nasty institutionalised habit of letting left-wing activists get away with the worst of offences.
“After all, despite forking out nearly a grand in security costs, they wouldn’t even stop the activists from storming the stage.”