The UC-Berkeley College Republicans (CR) continue to receive harassment on campus, with the most recent episode involving the destruction of one of their signs.
The UC-Berkeley CRs posted a video on their Facebook page that showed one student tearing apart a CR wooden sign with another student providing moral support.
Today we had one of our signs destroyed by a student. This kind of behavior is unacceptable and will not be tolerated. If you know who this student is, please get in contact with us.
Posted by Berkeley College Republicans on Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Not only was the student concerned about the viewpoints of the CR chapter, but he was also concerned about the environment. Holding part of the sign he asked the cameraman, “Do you know if this is compost or trash?”
Towards the end of the video, another student told the cameraman that the student who was destroying private property was “exercising free speech”, to which the CR member responded with, “That’s not how it works.”
In a statement to Campus Reform, CR President Troy Worden said the chapter is working with campus police and are helping identifying the vandal. He also points out this is just a continuation of students taking extreme measures against the CR chapter:
“The Berkeley College Republicans have experienced a recent surge in political terrorism—weeks after Milo Yiannopoulos’ visit to UC Berkeley prompted riots on and off campus. On February 28, 2017, one of our club’s signs was destroyed by a student after engaging in political discussion with myself. While destroying the sign, one of his compatriots claimed ‘destruction of property is not violence.’ He was filmed; we believe we have identified him and have passed that information on to campus police.”
The UC-Berkeley administration sent an email to students stating they condemn “all acts of vandalism and attempted intimidation.” Adding, “The University is unswervingly committed to supporting and defending all our students’ First Amendment rights, and their ability to freely engage in political activities across the ideological spectrum.”
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