UC-Berkeley Takes Extreme Security Measures To Prepare For Attacks On Ben Shapiro Speech

UC-Berkeley Takes Extreme Security Measures To Prepare For Attacks On Ben Shapiro Speech

“Unprecedented” security measures were taken at the University of California at Berkeley to ensure that Daily Wire editor Ben Shapiro could speak there Thursday evening — much to the chagrin of campus protestors.

Students were angry that Shapiro was coming speak at their school because he’s a conservative, which made college administrators nervous.

They charged Young America’s Foundation, the organization sponsoring the event, $15,000 for special security. The school reportedly spent $600,000 on additional security measures — including reinforcements and barricades.

The campus also limited the number of seats to 1,000, even though the auditorium could hold many more, citing security concerns, which Shapiro disputed, saying it was the college attempting to muzzle him.

Someone scrawled this angry, typo-ridden message with sidewalk chalk on campus.

The publicly funded university announced they would offer free counseling for students and employees who felt triggered by Shapiro’s presence on campus. The statement read:

We are deeply concerned about the impact some speakers may have on individuals’ sense of safety and belonging. No one should be made to feel threatened or harassed simply because of who they are or for what they believe. For that reason, the following support services are being offered and encouraged. (emphasis added)

Earlier this year, Antifa protestors and students went nuts in protesting a campus visit by right-wing provocateur Milo Yiannopolous. They smashed windows, ATMs, and started fires and got violent. Last month, the mayor of Berkeley called Antifa a “gang” after they viciously attacked suspected Donald Trump supporters at a free speech rally on campus.

UC Berkeley also closed off large portions of the campus, including Sproul Plaza, which is considered the birthplace of the free speech movement in the 1960s, and local businesses closed early and boarded up their windows in preparation for anticipated violence from counter-protestors.

The  Berkeley City Council lifted a 20-year ban on pepper spray this week. Police said they would not hesitate to arrest anyone wearing a mask who refused to remove it.

Bre Payton is a staff writer at The Federalist. Follow her on Twitter.
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