Coulter Plans Berkeley Speech Despite Violence Fears

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Ann Coulter fired off an angry stream of tweets vowing to speak as planned next week at the University of California Berkeley after campus officials called off the event for security reasons, the Los Angeles Times reports. “I WILL BE SPEAKING NEXT THURSDAY,” the right-wing commentator tweeted, calling the move to cancel her planned event on April 27 a ban on free speech. Coulter was invited to speak by campus Republicans on the subject of illegal immigration. 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 Yiannopolous in February.

University officials sent the Berkeley College Republicans a letter this week, saying that officials and campus police had determined they could not ensure the safety of Coulter, audience members or protesters expected at the event. “We have been unable to find a safe and suitable venue,” said Vice Chancellor Scott Biddy and Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Stephen Sutton. “Given current active security threats, it is not possible to assure that the event could be held successfully.” The cancellation came a few days after violent clashes between far-right and far-left protesters Saturday at a rally supporting President Trump in downtown Berkeley.

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