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Even After Coulter Event Cancelled, Protests Still Ring Out At Berkeley

Conservative commentator Ann Coulter’s on-again, off-again appearance at UC-Berkeley sparked a ton of debate. Her appearance was ultimately canceled once the school determined that it would be unable to control the atmosphere, and observers have taken that as a gigantic thumb of the nose at the principle of free speech.

As CBS SF Bay Area explains, protests still rang out on the day of Coulter’s scheduled appearance, but they managed to go off without too many problems. Why was that? Because there was a heavy police presence on site. Lo and behold, Berkeley suddenly decided to step up to the plate and explain to attendees that violence would not be tolerated.

“While we cherish our freedoms of speech and assembly, there is no freedom to silence others or to commit violence. If you are at a demonstration and you see violence, separate yourself. Keep a distance from violence. If you can do so safely, report it to police,” a statement from the school and local officials read in part.

While it’s wonderful that these protests were able to go off rather smoothly, this is an incredibly poor look for the school and local officials. For Coulter’s part, she still hinted that she may stop on by - although she never did.

“I’m not speaking. But I’m going to be near there, so I might swing by to say hello to my supporters who have flown in from all around the country. I thought I might stroll around the graveyard of the First Amendment,” she said.

Even students that were there to protest Coulter’s viewpoints know that something smells rotten here.

“I don’t like Ann Coulter’s views, but I don’t think in this case the right move was to shut her down,” said one student.

“Both sides are so intolerant of each other. We are a divided country. We need to listen to each other but we’re each caught in our own bubbles,” added another.

Source: CBS Local
Photo: Twitter/SusieSteimle

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