Ann Coulter's Berkeley speech cancelled a day beforehand

Posted May 11, 2017

Coulter was scheduled to speak at U.C. Berkeley in an appearance that was cancelled last week by the university due to safety concerns; a day after that cancellation, Coulter insisted that she would show her ass up to the campus and give the speech anyway in the name of free speech, safety concerns be damned.

The YAF said it was pulling out because the university wouldn't meet its demands, including security.

The liberal American Civil Liberties Union has came out in support of conservative columnist Ann Coulter's right to speak on a public college campus Wednesday after the event was cancelled.

Campus Republicans invited Coulter to speak at the campus.

The conservative pundit took to her verified Twitter account Wednesday to say the university canceled her speech - something the school denied.

Despite Coulter's announcement a day earlier that she would not speak at UC Berkeley on Thursday, students and residents were told to expect a heavy police presence and asked to take precautions to remain safe.

BridgeCal partnered with the Berkeley College Republicans and a national organization called the Young America's Foundation to coordinate Coulter's appearance.

She said the university had proposed several rule changes, and she had "called their bluff" by agreeing to the conditions.

'All of the people who should have been standing up for the first amendment here ran away with their tails between their legs, ' she said.

"In effect, our free speech has been stifled because the university has decided not to assist us in making sure the event can occur successfully", he said as protesters shouted nearby.

Lest we forget this speech was cancelled a week before the actual event, where were the protestors?

Administrators cited unspecified threats of violence in limiting Coulter to a daytime engagement off the main campus.

In addition to BCR, BridgeUSA, another campus group backing Coulter's appearance, and the Young America's Foundation, which was helping to finance it, also withdrew their support. The group and its lawyer, Harmeet Dhillon, charged again, as they had done in a lawsuit filed earlier in the week, that the university was unfairly limiting their right to free speech. "Ann's words will be spoken in Bay Area tomorrow whether people like it or not".

The university had no comment on the lawsuit, Mogulof said.

She left open the possibility of paying a visit to supporters at the school, long a bastion of liberal student activism and the Free Speech Movement protests of the 1960s.

This spring, demonstrations in the city of Berkeley turned into violent brawls, with left-wing activists and Trump supporters, masked anarchists and self-proclaimed militia groups clashing.

Protests on the Berkeley campus that stopped a speech of right-wing commentator Milo Yiannopoulos on February 1 resulted in injuries to six people and three arrests. She says the fight started when violent protests forced the cancellation of a Milo Yiannopoulos event.

"This is a university, not a battlefield", Dirks said in the letter. Berkeley police Capt. Alex Yao confirmed at a news conference "highly visible law enforcement" would be on hand Thursday, according to the Associated Press.

He added that authorities plan to have a "very, very low tolerance for any violence" on Thursday.

However Berkeley spokesman Dan Mogulof told Reuters that the university had "heard nothing" from Coulter or the sponsors.