US Berkeley braces for visit by right-wing speaker Ben Shapiro

06:31  14 september  2017
06:31  14 september  2017 Source:   USA TODAY

Alan Dershowitz: Berkeley must defend Ben Shapiro's right to speak

  Alan Dershowitz: Berkeley must defend Ben Shapiro's right to speak I vividly recall the famous "free speech" movement at Berkeley several decades ago. The hard left demanded the right to express radical, often obnoxious, views on campus. Some on the hard right sought to ban these hard left expressions.  Free speech prevailed.Now it is the hard right that is demanding the right to make provocative speeches on campus and it is elements of the hard left that are trying to censor them.But there is no symmetry in the means used to silence opponents.

Shapiro 's event, organized by campus Republicans, is being watched as a warm-up act for later this month when provocative, right - wing speaker Milo In contrast, a similar event featuring Ben Shapiro on campus in 2016 before President Donald Trump was elected and also hosted by Berkeley College

Shapiro 's event, organized by campus Republicans, is being watched as a warm-up act for later this month when provocative, right - wing speaker Milo In contrast, a similar event featuring Ben Shapiro on campus in 2016 before President Donald Trump was elected and also hosted by Berkeley College

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BERKELEY, Calif. - The University of California at Berkeley will seal off large parts of its campus like a fortress with a closed perimeter and a “very large” visible police presence Thursday, when the birthplace of America’s free speech movement faces its next potential clashes.

City and campus authorities anticipate demonstrations at a speech by conservative commentator Ben Shapiro, a former Breitbart editor, and are preparing for possible violence with a variety of new strategies and tightened security.

For the first time in two decades, officers will be armed with pepper spray after the city council modified a 1997 ban at an emergency meeting this week.

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  Dozens line up to hear conservative at Berkeley The Latest on University of California, Berkeley boosting security ahead of a speech by a conservative commentator (all times local):6:30 p.m.Dozens of people have lined up to hear a speech at the University of California, Berkeley that has prompted massive security as officials fear violent demonstrations.Police with riot gear have surrounded the plaza in front of Zellerbach Hall, where the former Breitbart editor Ben Shapiro is set to speak later Thursday.Eighteen-year-old high school senior Nick Handley says he tried to get others to come to Berkeley with him from Modesto, about 90 miles (145 kilometers) east of San Francisco.

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Shapiro 's event, organized by campus Republicans, is being watched as a warm-up act for later this month when provocative, right - wing speaker Milo In contrast, a similar event featuring Ben Shapiro on campus in 2016 before President Donald Trump was elected and also hosted by Berkeley College

The tactics to boost security are the latest indication of growing frustrations in Berkeley and other liberal cities that have become targets of violent political protests since the election of President Trump and battlegrounds for extremist groups that support and oppose him.

“We have seen extremists on the left and right in our city,” said Berkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguin, a Democrat who backed the police request to use pepper spray. “We need to make sure violence is not allowed.”

Shapiro’s event, organized by campus Republicans, is being watched as a warm-up act for later this month when provocative, right-wing speaker Milo Yiannopoulos says he plans to hold a “Free Speech Week” on Berkeley’s campus with a 20-person lineup that includes Ann Coulter and Stephen Bannon, Trump’s ex-chief strategist and head of Breitbart News. Campus officials say the event is not yet confirmed.

Ben Shapiro takes stage at UC Berkeley under ‘extraordinary’ security

  Ben Shapiro takes stage at UC Berkeley under ‘extraordinary’ security Conservative political commentator Ben Shapiro delivered his speech at the UC Berkeley campus on Thursday under extraordinary security that required attendees to pass through metal detectors and police barrcades that held back hundreds of protesters. The event at Zellerbach Hall appeared to do what UC Berkeley Chancellor Carol Christ has said she hoped for when she declared a free speech year on campus: provide an open exchange of ideas. Shapiro’s speech included a question-and-answer session in which audience members respectfully challenged his opinions.Security cost the university an estimated $600,000.

Shapiro 's event, organized by campus Republicans, is being watched as a warm-up act for later this month when provocative, right - wing speaker Milo In contrast, a similar event featuring Ben Shapiro on campus in 2016 before President Donald Trump was elected and also hosted by Berkeley College

Shapiro 's event, organized by campus Republicans, is being watched as a warm-up act for later this month when provocative, right - wing speaker Milo In contrast, a similar event featuring Ben Shapiro on campus in 2016 before President Donald Trump was elected and also hosted by Berkeley College

It will be Yiannopoulos’ second attempt to speak at Berkeley this year, after an event in February was abruptly canceled when masked, hooded left-wing anarchists dressed in black rioted outside the event — setting fires and smashing windows on campus and on nearby city streets.

Police and UC Berkeley officials were criticized at the time for giving demonstrators wide latitude and standing aside as the masked anarchists hurled Molotov cocktails at officers and caused $100,000 worth of damage.

Violence escalated at subsequent off-campus protests and authorities say they have learned hard lessons as they struggle to balance free speech rights with preventing violence.

UC Berkeley’s Provost Paul Alivisatos sent a recent campus-wide message detailing security plans, saying no one wearing masks or carrying weapons of any sort will be allowed on campus.

Police will block off the building where Shapiro is scheduled to speak and several other buildings hours before the event starts. Anyone entering the secure zone to pick up tickets must present a photo I.D. Nearby parking lots will be closed.

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  No, Free Speech Is Not Threatened By The Right A lot of liberals think right-wingers are a bigger threat to free expression than AntifaESPN host Jemele Hill calling President Trump a “white supremacist” is the latest battle in America’s grueling cultural war.

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Berkeley police chief Andrew Greenwood said police will make “very strong, rapid arrests” Thursday night if any protesters have weapons or wear masks.

The security measures include closing Sproul Plaza, the campus’ central hub that was the epicenter of the 1960s Free Speech Movement and site of its most historic protests, sit-ins and speeches.

“Things have changed,” UC Berkeley spokesman Dan Mogulof said. “We’re a quantum leap away from the sort of arrangements we needed to make in the past for events that have the potential to attract strong political support or opposition.”

In contrast, a similar event featuring Ben Shapiro on campus in 2016 before President Trump was elected and also hosted by Berkeley College Republicans had “ basic security.” It went off peacefully and made no major headlines.

For Thursday’s event, Mogulof said authorities are deploying “very, very large numbers of police officers” from campus, city and regional law enforcement agencies.

Berkeley’s frustrations are shared by officials in other famously liberal cities such as Seattle and Portland, Ore., where Trump supporters and left-wing protesters have repeatedly taken to the streets in supposed free speech demonstrations that have resulted in violence.

No, Free Speech Is Not Threatened By The Right

  No, Free Speech Is Not Threatened By The Right A lot of liberals think right-wingers are a bigger threat to free expression than AntifaESPN host Jemele Hill calling President Trump a “white supremacist” is the latest battle in America’s grueling cultural war.

Shapiro 's event, organized by campus Republicans, is being watched as a warm-up act for later this month when provocative, right - wing speaker Milo In contrast, a similar event featuring Ben Shapiro on campus in 2016 before President Donald Trump was elected and also hosted by Berkeley College

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At a protest last week in Portland, police said anti-fascist protesters threw smoke devices and other projectiles at officers trying to keep the peace between pro- and anti-Trump crowds. Seven people were arrested.

Black-clad protesters have been a menacing presence at protests in the Pacific Northwest since before Trump was elected, often clashing with police at May Day marches, and they continue to show up at the many demonstrations.

Portland Police Sgt. Chris Burley said the frequent clashes take a toll on officers trying to protect free speech rights.

“You’re out trying to ensure that everybody is able to speak their mind and observe an assault,” Burley said. “As officers try to step in to stop those assaults, the crowd turns on the officers.”

Greenwood, the Berkeley city police chief, sought permission for police to use pepper spray because he said it is preferable to batons and tear gas for crowd control. Tear gas when fired disperses much more widely than pepper spray, raising the risk of hurting peaceful protesters who may be near violent demonstrators, Greenwood said.

“It is a request made of urgency,” Greenwood told city councilors, calling protecting protesters and police amid continued violence in the city “a unique problem.”

He added: “The scope and scale of these demonstrations in our community is unprecedented.”

Gecker reported from San Francisco.

How Milo Yiannopoulos's Berkeley 'Free Speech Week' Fell Apart .
At first, conservative agitator Milo Yiannopoulos’s Free Speech Week in Berkeley, California, seemed like it might be a major event. Four straight days of provocative events on campus featuring right-wing luminaries, culminating with appearances by conservative writer Ann Coulter and former Trump White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, and all in the heart of one of the most symbolically resonant places Yiannopoulos could have chosen: the campus of University of California, Berkeley, a campus with a longstanding image as a hotbed of left-wing activism where protests shut down an event of his last year. But things didn’t go according to plan.

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