UC Berkeley Protesters Burn Down Own Campus Over Milo Yiannopolous Speech

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By Emily Zanotti | 10:36 pm, February 1, 2017

The University of California Berkeley has been evacuated and students are being told to shelter in place after rioters stormed a Milo Yiannopolous speech Wednesday night, set fire to safety flood lights, and broke windows at a campus bookstore.

Photos of the chaos quickly flooded social media.

UC Berkeley has, of course, canceled the event.

The rioting began shortly after 6pm PST, as protesters staged a full-on assault on the venue where Milo was supposed to give his speech. The protesters used police battering rams to break down the doors, according to local media, and a crowd of around 2,000 people poured into the building.

The scene, eyewitnesses said, quickly devolved into a riot, as protesters started hurling bricks and rocks at police providing event security, and aiming fireworks at the building’s windows.

The provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos (file)

Police forced the crowd back and the protest was ordered to disperse, but late Wednesday night, fires were still burning around campus, as protesters chanted “F– Donald Trump,” and broke the windows of the local Amazon bookstore.

The UC Berkeley speech was the last stop on Yiannopolous’s “Dangerous F–t” West Coast tour. School officials said, earlier in the week, that they had beefed up security for the event, in order to prevent an incident. The school refused to cancel the event, despite calls from campus objectors.

Milo took to social media as the riots broke out to assure his fans of his safety.

“I have been evacuated from the UC Berkeley campus after violent left-wing protestors tore down barricades, lit fires, threw rocks and Roman candles at the windows and breached the ground floor of the building,” Milo posted on Facebook. “My team and I are safe. But the event has been cancelled.”

UC Berkeley is, of course, the cradle of the free speech movement. Or, it was.