According to a statement released by university officials, the Davis College Republicans cancelled the event half an hour before it was due to begin, "after a large number of protesters blocked access to the venue, and it was determined that it was no longer feasible to continue with the event safely". Both men were recently banned from the social media platform ― Yiannopoulos for coordinating a campaign of abuse against actor Leslie Jones, and Shkreli for sexually harassing journalist Lauren Duca.
Yiannopoulos' Facebook post includes allegations, not previously reported or since verified (in fact, university police have flat-out denied his claims), that protesters threw the aforementioned barricades at police, and attacked people attending the event with "bags of feces" and sprays of urine.
"The university said on Twitter and to the press that the College Republicans canceled the event, well it's only true in the most technical of senses", Yiannopoulos told FOX40.
Interim chancellor Ralph Hexter said he was "deeply disappointed" by the demonstrators, who were mostly UCD students.
This is the sort of thing to definitely consider before inviting a lying, manipulative bigot to your campus.
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Last June, as an earlier installment of his current tour across American college campuses, Yiannopoulos was sponsored and hosted at UCSD by The Koala and College Republicans at a sold-out event held at Price Center Theater.
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Not to mention the fact that many of those saying Yiannopoulos had no right to speak on campus picked up a pretty nasty black eye themselves for such silly and unconstitutional arguments as "hate speech is not protected" and "you never have a right to lie". Seven people were arrested at Michigan State University, while DePaul University banned him from returning since protesters took over the stage and hit him in the face during his event in May.
The conservative personalities are often invited to college campuses to speak and share their opinions.
At UC Berkeley, despite emails from students demanding the event be canceled, the liberal campus will host the conservative provocateur on February 1. "The lives of the students were threatened as well as the property of the school". Even if cancelling the event was their intent. He was speaking to reporters when it happened on Friday at UC Davis.