The College Republicans on the University of California, Davis campus were forced to cancel a a speaking engagement by Milo Yiannopoulos.
This past Friday, 13 January, the out conservative firebrand was scheduled to share a stage with former pharmaceutical executive Martin Shkreli. However, as reported by the Los Angeles Times, protesters blocked entry to the venue. The college group, after consulting with university police, called the talk off.
Davis is located in Yolo County, approximately 70 miles northeast of San Francisco.
‘Our community is founded on principles of respect for all views, even those that we personally find repellent,’ UC Davis Interim Chancellor Ralph Hexter said in statement. 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.’
The Los Angeles Times also reports there were accusations of violence and property damage. However, those were denied by the university:
Reconfirming that no windows were smashed or property was damaged. https://t.co/7bDVQabpCV
— UC Davis (@ucdavis) January 14, 2017
Yiannopoulos is challenging this. In a 14 January Facebook post, he argues ‘my guests told Breitbart reporters last night barricades were thrown at police officers (police refused to answer Breitbart questions about this), guests were sprayed with urine and had bags of feces thrown at them, punches were thrown at officers, [and] tables were flipped and thrown.’
Breitbart is the news site he writes for.
While there is disagreement about what happened, Yiannopoulos did return to campus yesterday. At an impromptu rally he accused UC Davis officials of coddling left-wing student groups.
The alt-right figurehead was banned from Twitter for leading a racist, and sexist, trolling campaign against Ghostbusters actress Leslie Jones.