After night of violent protests, Berkeley cleans up damage
– SF Gate
“Berkeley residents woke up Thursday to boarded-up businesses, shattered glass and the remnants of fires — sprawling destruction left by protesters in the wake of a scheduled speech by right-wing provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos.
Police canceled the talk on Wednesday night by the Breitbart New editor as the demonstration escalated into chaotic turmoil that left five people with various degrees of injuries.
Several dozen UC Berkeley students showed up with brooms and trash bags to clean up the mess on as dawn broke Thursday morning over Berkeley, revealing the scope of the previous night’s vandalism.
Student Alexander Espinosa Pieb, a junior, said he cut his hand picking up shards of glass, but shrugged it off.
“It’s part of the job,” he said. “The group that did all the violence wasn’t students. They were a bunch of destructive anarchists.”
By 8 a.m., workers at the Berkeley Art Museum had already painted over graffiti reading “f— art” with white paint on its white front wall.
Much of the destruction was focused on businesses along Center Street near Shattuck Avenue and on buildings at Sproul Plaza on the UC Berkeley campus.
Vandals damaged six ATMs at the Wells Fargo along Shattuck Avenue where 13 plywood planks covered smashed doors and windows.”
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Hollywood Director Tweets Threat To Trump Supporters After Berkeley Riot
– Daily Caller
“Comedy director Judd Apatow threatened Americans who support Donald Trump that the riots at the University of California-Berkeley Wednesday night were “just the beginning.”
In a now-deleted tweet, the “Knocked Up” director shared a link to CNN’s coverage of the riots with the message, “This is just the beginning. When will all the fools who are still supporting Trump realize what is at stake?”
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UC Berkeley riot raises questions about free speech
– San Jose Mercury News
“BERKELEY – UC Berkeley has been long heralded as the birthplace of the country’s free speech movement. But after violent protests this week forced the school to cancel the scheduled appearance of alt-right icon Milo Yiannopoulos, some are wondering if Berkeley is where free speech is hitting a roadblock.
After the protest on Wednesday evening by more than 1,500 demonstrators outside the Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union began to turn violent, instigated in part by what campus officials described as outsiders, the event was called off. On Thursday, the Berkeley College Republicans, who had hosted Yannopoulos’ appearance, summed up their disappointment this way:
“The Free Speech Movement is dead,” the group said in a statement posted on its website. “Last night, the Berkeley College Republicans’ constitutional right to free speech was silenced by criminals and thugs seeking to cancel Milo Yiannopoulos’ tour. Their success is a defeat for civilized society and the free exchange of ideas on college campuses across America.”
The group thanked the campus police and university administration “for doing all they could to ensure the safety of everyone involved. It is tragic that the birthplace of the Free Speech Movement is also its final resting place.”
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Rebel San Francisco P.D. Cuts Ties with FBI on Counterterrorism
“The San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) is ending its coorperation with FBI counterterrorism efforts as part of the city’s larger rejection of President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration.
On January 31, Breitbart News reported that San Francisco Police Chief William Scott, Sheriff Vicki Hennessy, and Mayor Ed Lee sent a letter to the Department of Homeland Security informing them that city would not comply with the order.
The SFPD is now cutting ties with the Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF), because it would couple SFPD officers with federal agents in carrying out the requirements of the immigration order.
According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the JTTF was formed in 2007, “when the police force entered into an agreement with the FBI that authorized intelligence-gathering by San Francisco officers of people engaged in First Amendment activities such as religious services, protests and political assemblies.”
Opponent of Trump’s order — including the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), which has been declared a terrorist organization by the United Arab Emirates and was named by federal prosecutors as an unindicted co-conspirator in a Hamas funding operation –sent a letter to the San Francisco officials in January, asking them to adhere to “city and state rules” when working with the federal government.”
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History: Free Speech Movement at UC Berkeley | Dec 1964
The Night Berkeley Betrayed The Free Speech Movement
“On Wednesday night, fires blazed across the University of California, Berkeley campus, the site of the student Free Speech Movement of the 1960s, as protesters violently derailed the finale of MILO’s college lecture tour.
In 1964, Berkeley student Mario Savio addressed his peers in a speech about the importance of the free and open discussion on college campuses. In his address, Savio argued that the university must return to it’s intended function where students are invited to explore all ideas – both radical and mainstream – freely and without fear of social or academic repercussion.”
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