20 April, 2017
Controversial conservative pundit Ann Coulter's appearance at University of California Berkeley has been cancelled after fears of riots returning to the school.
"Unfortunately, UCPD determined that, given now active security threats, it is not possible to assure that the event could be held successfully - or that the safety of Ms. Coulter, the event sponsors, audience, and bystanders could be adequately protected - at any of the campus venues available on April 27th", the letter said. The university said it consulted with Berkeley police to review security threats and assess possible venues, but did not come to a satisfactory conclusion that would allow the event to move forward.
Mogulof said the university hoped to be able to reschedule Coulter's appearance some time in September, after identifying an appropriate venue and working out security arrangements.
'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 AP obtained a copy of the letter Wednesday.
On Saturday, protests again turned violent - though in the city of Berkeley, not the university campus - as pro-Trump and anti-Trump protesters clashed in the streets. The event raised concerns of more violence at Berkeley, where masked rioters smashed windows, set fires and shut down an appearance by former Breitbart News editor Milo Yiannopoulos in February.
University spokesman Dan Mogulof said concern about security during the event mounted last week after posters appeared on the walls of campus buildings threatening disruptions.More news: Japan says differences with US on economic talks
Coulter did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Unfortunately, UCPD determined that, given now active security threats, it is not possible to assure that the event could be held successfully-or that the safety of Ms. Coulter, the event sponsors, audience, and bystanders could be adequately protected-at any of the campus venues available on April 27th.
They added that they could not guarantee the safety of Coulter or her audience at the proposed speech.
According to YAF, the university's reaction to these demands "was to ban her speech". Called their bluff & they canceled anyway, ' Coulter tweeted. They said they found out about the event after reading about it in newspapers. Students organized an outdoor concert in protest with the hashtag #AuburnUnites.
Group members have stressed that they have "no intention of acceding to these unconstitutional acts".
Spencer Brown, spokesman for the Young America's Foundation, which is paying $17,000 of Coulter's $20,000 fee, said her speech will happen "whether Berkeley likes it or not", notes the San Francisco Chronicle.