When Steve Bannon plucked Milo Yiannopoulos from relative obscurity in Europe to work under him at Breitbart News, neither man could have imagined what they were unleashing upon the world. Only a couple years later, both men have already risen to the status of legendary infamy, and they are expected to rekindle their collaborative efforts at “Free Speech Week” in Berkeley on Sept. 24-27.
The two men were invited along with their female counterpart, Ann Coulter to band together on behalf of free speech in the hostile leftist stronghold. Earlier this year, leftist terrorism in the streets prevented Yiannopoulos from conducting his scheduled speech. Coulter’s speech was canceled after leftists called in terrorist threats to shut down the event. “Free Speech Week” was invented by Yiannopoulos to demonstrate to these leftists that their cowardly, anti-American tactics will not successfully muzzle their opposition.
Yiannopoulos was shocked to receive institutional support this time around for his activities, as UC Berkeley is currently being very cooperative with the event’s organizers. The university officials are currently discussing terms with the Berkeley Patriot, the student organization responsible for the event, to ensure that all attendees are safe with their rights respected.
“They have been good collaborators and attentive to policy,” UC spokesman Dan Mogulof said of the event’s organizers. “They’re good communicators, clearly interested in doing what they can to work with the campus to have their events be successful and safe.”
“The university has the responsibility to provide safety and security for its community and guests, and we will invest the necessary resources to achieve that goal,” university Chancellor Carol Christ said in a statement. “If you choose to protest, do so peacefully. That is your right, and we will defend it with vigor. We will not tolerate violence, and we will hold anyone accountable who engages in it.”
“What a difference six months make! Let’s hope Berkeley sticks to this commitment to free expression,” Yiannopoulos said on social media in response to the university’s reaction to his event.
“Free Speech Week” will take place from Sept. 24-27 on the UC-Berkeley campus. Yiannopoulos will hold “talks and rallies and throw massive parties, all in the name of free expression and the First Amendment” and award the inaugural Mario Savio Award to an individual in the area who has displayed exemplary courage in defense of free speech.