Protesters at DePaul University interrupted and shut down a lecture from controversial Breitbart journalist Milo Yiannopoulos Tuesday, arguing that his remarks were “threatening” their safety.
Yiannopoulos, whose “Dangerous F****t” tour has been met with protest in college campuses across the country, was in the middle of his remarks when a group of students rushed the stage, blowing whistles and chanting anti-Donald Trump slogans (“Get a job!” attendees chanted in response). When the moderator asked them to return to their seats, one of the protesters ripped away his microphone and gestured as if to punch Yiannopoulos.
Watch below, via Breitbart (the protest begins at 46:33).
Although private and campus security was reportedly present, they did not remove the unruly protesters. Eventually, Yiannopoulos called on his supporters to leave the event to march on the president’s office and demand an explanation.
In an interview with Heat Street, the lead protester Edward Ward claimed that Yiannopoulos’s rhetoric was dangerous and responsible for massacres like Charleston. “These are what you get as a result of his type of speech and rhetoric,” he said.
Ward claimed Yiannopoulos’ rhetoric “threatens [his] safety” and that it was not a free speech issue. “This is not a point of shutting down free speech, it’s the point of shutting down hate speech,” he said.
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