Students Protest Shapiro With Chalk and Banners at Berkeley

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Thursday, September 14, 2017


Ahead of Ben Shapiro’s speech at UC Berkeley tonight, students are voicing their displeasure via chalk.

Others are expressing their outrage with banners.

When Milo Yiannopoulos was planned to speak in February, violent protests led to $100,000 worth of damage and a cancellation of the speech. In anticipation to a similar response, UC Berkeley is taking security very seriously. In an interview with KGO ABC Channel 7 News, UC Berkeley spokesman, Dan Mogulof, explained how the school is acting in response to their previous mistakes.

“Our police did a comprehensive review and we’re going to be acting on those lessons. We’ll have far more police officers here, we’re confronting anyone wearing a mask,” said Dan Mogulof, spokesman UC Berkeley.

Mogulof went on to discuss UC Berkeley’s responsibilities.

“We have two key commitments here: one is to free speech and the first amendment and the other is to the safety and well-being of our campus and we don’t think they need to be mutually exclusive and we’re going to do what’s necessary to support both of those commitments”

Shapiro will be speaking in Zellerbach Hall, which is blockaded by large barriers. In addition to this protection, multiple surrounding buildings will be closed down for the night.

Despite the tight security measures, some students still fear for their safety. In an interview with The Mercury News, Bradley Delvin, Secretary of the Berkeley College Republicans, said,

“I am expecting a riot… I am expecting violence.”

The speech is being hosted by the Berkeley College Republicans, with help from the Young America’s Foundation.

Shapiro’s speech will be focused on political violence.

Lone Conservative will continue to post updates prior to the speech.

Patrick is the Vice President of Lone Conservative and a journalism major at the University of Maryland. He has written in the Washington Free Beacon, Washington Examiner, Media Research Center, Townhall, FEE, and more. Outside of politics, he is a devout Catholic and passionate Baltimore sports fan.

The views expressed in this article are the opinion of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Lone Conservative staff.


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About Patrick Hauf

Patrick is the Vice President of Lone Conservative and a journalism major at the University of Maryland. He has written in the Washington Free Beacon, Washington Examiner, Media Research Center, Townhall, FEE, and more. Outside of politics, he is a devout Catholic and passionate Baltimore sports fan.

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