Berkeley’s Bind

Written by Wendy

Ben Shapiro arrived in Berkeley Thursday night to a militarized zone. Large sections of the campus and six buildings were closed off due to his scheduled apperance. A sizeable contingent of police, recently empowered by the local city council to use pepper spray against protesters, was on hand to quell demonstrations in anticipation of the kind of violence that rocked the campus when Milo Yiannopoulos tried to speak in February. The LA Times reported that costs for security preparations ranged in the hundreds of thousands of dollars, an investment against antifa protesters who Shapiro, a fairly mainstream conservative commentator, called “pathetic, lying, stupid jackasses” in his spech. “All of America is watching because you guys are so stupid,” he said. “It’s horrifying.”


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