The “anti-fascist” group has come out to refute the claims made by University of California, Berkeley professor Robert Reich and the university’s administration and the police that only “outside agitators” participated in the riot last week at the university, claiming the rioters were indeed students of Berkeley
A site called It’s Going Down, which provides a “platform for revolutionary anarchist, anti-fascist and autonomous anti-capitalist movements“, has published a first-person account about the violence that erupted at UC Berkeley after Milo Yiannopoulos’ speech was cancelled because of safety fears.
The article titled “Beating Milo: How Berkeley Defeated the Alt-Right’s Biggest Troll” is allegedly written by someone who marched “along with an anti-fascist black bloc towards the UC Berkeley campus a few hours ahead of the Milo Yiannopoulos performance.” The anonymous contributor added: “The university administration failed us and left those of us opposed to the event with no option but direct action.”
The author of the article dismisses the statements made by people claiming Berkeley students didn’t participate in the riots or they were hired by Yiannopoulos himself, writing “Of course there were students engaging in militant and combative tactics that night.”
This contradicts the statements by UC Berkeley Police Chief Margo Bennett, who said on the night of February 1 that she doesn’t believe students were involved in the vandalism. A university spokesman Dan Moguluf seconded, claiming the campus was just a venue for the protest, adding that those involved in shutting down the event had “no skin the game.”
Similarly, UC Berkeley professor Robert Reich has come up with a conspiracy theory, republished on Newsweek, suggesting “the possibility that Yiannopoulos and Breitbart were in cahoots with the agitators, in order to lay the groundwork for a Trump crackdown on universities and their federal funding.”
The “anti-fascist” author refutes these allegations, claiming:
All of the statements from the officials above couldn’t be any further from the truth. Of course there were students engaging in militant and combative tactics that night. Some of those students were dressed in black, but a lot of them weren’t. Of course one can be an anarchist and a student at UC Berkeley at the same time, regardless of what clothing you’re wearing at any given moment. As far as Robert Reich never having seen these people before? He’s an idiot and he’s full of s***. I myself have taken his class.