Thursday, 27 April, 2017

University Cancels Speech After A Judge Forces Another To Allow One

Ann Coulter waves to the audience after speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington. Coulter's planned appearance at the University of California Berkeley on April 27 has been can UC Berkeley calls off Ann Coulter talk for security reasons
Alfredo Watts | 20 April, 2017, 05:54

Coulter herself said in a tweet Wednesday she's still planning on coming to Berkeley to speak and blasted the school for cancelling the event.

Coulter told the Washington Post that Berkeley had attempted to place "ridiculous demands" on her speech, including scheduling the event for the middle of that day so that only students could attend.

"Unfortunately, (campus police) determined that, given now active security threats, it is not possible to assure that the event could be held successfully", according to a letter sent to the student group.

The letter said the UC Police Department determined that because of "currently active security threats", it was not possible to assure the event could be held successfully of that the safety of Coulter, sponsors, and attendees could be adequately protected at any of the campus venues available.

The Associated Press obtained a copy of the letter Wednesday. Berkeley could not find a safe and suitable venue for the appearance, the Chronicle reports.

University spokesman Dan Mogulof said that posters went up on campus last week threatening disruption of the event and officials discovered "targeted threats" on various websites indicating the possibility of planned violence. "This is our third event in a row that has been canceled", Berkeley College Republicans spokesperson Naweed Tahmas said.

In its letter, the university said the students and officials could work together to reschedule the event for a later date.

The school is anxious about violent protests: Berkeley made national news in February and again on Saturday when far-right and far-left demonstrators clashed in physical confrontations that led to several arrests.

The decision follows massive protests that broke out at the University in February in response to the same college Republican group's scheduled event with right-wing provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos. The groups putting on the event are not sharing where Coulter will speak, but said they are looking at several locations, including on campus.

Mogulof said campus police had learned that some of the groups that took part in those clashes "planned to target the appearance of Ann Coulter on campus".