A planned speech next week on the campus of UC Berkeley by conservative pundit Anne Coulter has been canceled because officials were unable to secure a "safe and suitable venue".
On Wednesday, administrators at the notoriously liberal University of California, Berkeley cancelled a planned lectured by controversial author Ann Coulter.
"They just up and announced that I was prohibited from speaking anyway", she was quoted as saying.
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"If Berkeley wants to have free speech, they are going to get it", the spokesman, Spencer Brown, said. "We're always concerned about our members in particular, we've been attacked, we've been spit on, I've been punched in the face, it's part of being a Republican in Berkeley", said Tahmas.
The group lashed out in its statement, accusing university officials of misusing taxpayer money for an "unconstitutional purpose" and comparing Biddy and UC President Janet Napolitano to North Korea's authoritarian leader Kim Jong Un.
UC Berkeley officials say they were unable to find "a safe and suitable" venue for the right-wing provocateur. This includes the safety and security of invited speakers, of those who attend such events, of our community neighbors, and of those who choose to exercise their own First Amendment rights by lawfully protesting the presence of speakers with whom they disagree.
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"Unfortunately, UCPD determined that, given now active security threats, it is not possible to assure that the event could be held successfully.at any of the campus venues available on April 27th", the letter said. But rather than wait until the planned evening of April 27 to cancel the speech after an inevitable protest and counter-protest ad infinitum, such as the scene that awaited Milo Yiannopoulos' planned, then canceled February appearance on campus, representatives of the university told the student groups the event was off for safety reasons - clearly in light of the battle royale that took place in the city over an alt-right rally on Saturday.
"We learned about the invitation to Ms. Coulter by reading about it in the newspaper", university officials said. It noted that "most Mondays and Tuesdays in September during the day should work". She called claims of the university trying to set up an alternate date "FAKE NEWS!"
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