An appearance by conservative writer Ann Coulter at the University of California at Berkeley drew a crowd of protesters Wednesday night, in the latest phase of "canceling the culture" on the nation's college campuses.
"Multiple" masks wearing protesters. has been arrested, campus police have confirmed on Twitter. The station said about seven people have been arrested.
The video posted showed Coulter quickly escorting past protesters to the building where the event, entitled "Adios, America," was being held. It is governed by the campus of Berkeley & # 39; College Republicans.
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Coulter began speaking 15 minutes late because attendees were having trouble with a "human chain" of protesters who tried to thwart spies from entering the building.
"They can protest everything they want and shout their slogans – free speech – I'm cool with, but I'm not cool with having someone block our entry," said Derrick Main, a member of the Marin County Republican Central Committee. He told FOX 2 he paid $ 45 for his ticket.
"They can protest everything they want and shout their slogans … but I'm not cool with someone blocking our way in."
Conservative writer Andy Ngo posted a video that appeared to show a woman stealing her ticket.
Some of the protesters said they were there to promote the causes of the left wing.
"We are here to show our support for DACA and also to protest the white supremacy," Hamid Hakimi, a student advocate, told Berkeleyside. Some protesters said they would like to see the event closed, but others agreed that Coulter had the right to speak.
"I think it's important for us to hear people like him speak to know this is true," said a student Aurora. FOX 2.
"What we do in protest shows that his specific speech is not welcome here," student Gianluca Pedrani told the station.
"What we do by protest shows that his specific speech is not welcome here."
There were two protesters inside the event, but only one was removed because the agreement was quiet, reported FOX 2.
The Berkeley campus was often the center for free debate, in September 2017 a four-day event called Free Speech Week was canceled due to Safety concerns Protesters sought to silence a featured speaker, provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos.
Earlier that year, Coulter canceled a campus event, as well as safety concerns. he described the situation as "a dark day for free speech in America."
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" ios, America !: The Left's Plan to Turn Our Country Into a Third World Hellhole, "is a book written by Coulter in 2015.