Right-wing provocateur, Milo Yiannopoulos, kicked off the come back of his “Dangerous Faggot Tour” with a bang – but he didn’t even speak. Milo was brought by the UC Davis College Republicans and scheduled to speak with “pharma-bro” Martin Shkreli — their speech was quickly announced on the loudspeaker to be cancelled after riots broke out on campus.
Students began shouting phrases like “No Milo, No KKK, No fascist USA” while holding signs reading, “Fascism, hate, and bigotry will not be tolerated”.
When the protests took a more rowdy tone, those coming to see Yiannopoulos decided to stand up for themselves by waving their own signs, “Protect Free Speech, Even Hate Speech” and “Your protest is a Trump 2020 Rally”.
The violence began when those protesting the Milo Yiannopoulos event started breaking down barricades which police had set up to keep the students away from the speakers and attendees. However, when the barriers were broken, the group began to get increasingly hostile.
They continued to shout other phrases like, “Stand up, fight back” as well as throwing around “white supremacists” “racists” “fascists” etc.
University of California, Davis cancels event featuring Milo Yiannopoulos and Martin Shkreli after protests, fights pic.twitter.com/xbsYsbRn2n
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When the protests got out of hand, police had to be on hand to usher the crowd back in to place and calm them down, but the protesters were not having it.
One person was arrested, and conflicting media reported property damage, but UC Davis announced there was none. Neither Milo nor Martin Shkreli were hurt.
Milo took to Facebook to announce his own displeasure towards the whole incident, blaming “left-wing protesters” saying,
“My event at UC Davis tonight has been cancelled after violence from left-wing protestors. There are reports of hammers, smashed windows and barricades being torn away. The campus police can’t guarantee anyone’s safety so I’m not being allowed anywhere near the building. Stay safe, everyone.”
Martin Shkreli began talking to the media to share his disappointment that he didn’t get to “destroy” Milo on third wave feminism.
— Frances Wang (@ABC10Frances) January 14, 2017
It was announced late Friday night that Milo and potential attendees to the speech would be marching through UC Davis on Saturday to protest the “regressive left perpetrating violence.”
Hypeline News will keep you updated on any new developments.