Milo Yiannopoulos Event at UC Davis Cancelled After Massive Protest


Milo Yiannopoulos was scheduled to speak at UC Davis yesterday (along with Martin Shkreli), but the event was cancelled after heated protests outside.

This was the statement released by UC Davis last night about what happened, confirming that there was one person arrested during the protests:

After consulting with UC Davis Police Department and UC Davis Student Affairs officials, the Davis College Republicans canceled tonight’s event featuring Breitbart columnist Milo Yiannopoulos. The decision was made at about 7:00 pm, 30 minutes prior to the scheduled start of the event, after a large number of protesters blocked access to the venue, and it was determined that it was no longer feasible to continue with the event safely.

“I am deeply disappointed with the events of this evening,” said Interim Chancellor Ralph J. Hexter. “Our community is founded on principles of respect for all views, even those that we personally find repellent. As I have stated repeatedly, a university is at its best when it listens to and critically engages opposing views, especially ones that many of us find upsetting or even offensive.”

Despite some reports, there were no broken windows or other property damage during the protest. Earlier in the evening, one person was arrested inside the venue. No further arrests were made.

The Davis College Republicans is the student group that sponsored tonight’s event.

Yiannopoulos also commented last night and said he will be joining a protest in the quad today:

Reporters on the scene last night tweeted out photos and video showing what happened, including a few fights breaking out between Yiannopoulos supporters and protesters, and even someone pouring hot coffee on a photographer:

[h/t Breitbart]
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