Later on Wednesday, conservative provocateur Ann Coulter said she was forced to cancel her speech, originally scheduled for Thursday, after the conservative groups who'd originally invited her backed out.
Protests and demonstrations are expected to take place after a speech by Coulter was canceled Wednesday by the Berkeley College Republicans.
According to him, the faculty adviser for Bridge Cal did not send a notice to the administration prior to Young America's Foundation announcing the event. "Everyone who should believe in free speech fought against it or ran away".
Campus spokesman Dan Mogulof said UC Berkeley officials had not heard directly from Coulter on Wednesday.
Coulter, who was invited to speak by a student group, said she would go to the campus and speak anyway, but ultimately cancelled after the event's sponsor dropped out Wednesday morning. "One", said Pirro, arguing there was a "stand-down" as police let protesters cause $100,000 in damage. "We must make every effort to hold events at a time and location that maximizes the chances that First Amendment rights can be successfully exercised and that community members can be protected".
University officials said organizers erred by inviting Coulter without notifying campus officials in advance, as is required of all student groups, and by failing to submit to a "security assessment" to determine a suitable venue for the event. The MLK center is on Sproul Plaza, the epicenter of Berkeley's free speech movement.
The First Amendment does not give law enforcement the authority to ban or burden speech that might elicit a violent response meant to stop the speaker. It was cancelled because the university's police department refused to ensure the safety of students and participants.
Now, Berkeley is bracing for protests Thursday by both right-wing advocates and opponents trying to "delete" the alt-right. The administration was pushing back after a series of violent clashes this year on campus and in downtown Berkeley between far-right and far-left protesters, including ahead of a February 1 talk by right-wing provocateur, Milo Yiannopoulos.
Campus officials said they were continuing to brace for unrest they see as likely on Thursday.
In a series of tweets, the conservative writer and speaker said the school canceled the speech - something the school denied. When they did, and protests continued, President Trump raised the threat of pulling federal funding for the public university.
In April, 21 people were arrested when anti-Trump and pro-Trump groups clashed in a city park.
Amid growing concerns of violence on campus whether Coulter turns up or not, the conservative pundit lost the backing of groups that had initially sponsored her appearance.
Even some on the left called for Berkeley to accommodate Coulter's speech, including the American Civil Liberties Union and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.
The tension illustrates how Berkeley has emerged as a flashpoint for extreme left and right forces amid the debate over free speech in a place where the 1960s USA free speech movement began before it spread to college campuses across the nation. "But you know, people have a right to give their two cents-worth, give a speech, without fear of violence and intimidation".
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