The University of California, Berkeley on Wednesday canceled a scheduled speech by Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos after violent protests erupted. “The violence was instigated by a group of about 150 masked agitators who came onto campus and interrupted an otherwise nonviolent protest,” UC Berkeley said in a statement. Fires were lit and firebombs were set off at about 6 p.m. Of the nearly 1,500 people outside the planned speech’s venue, six were treated for injuries related to the protests. On his Facebook account, Yiannopoulos said he had to be evacuated from the area over “violent left-wing protesters.” A large crowd chanted “No Trump, no Milo,” and police reportedly used a megaphone to announce the event was called off. Yiannopoulos had been invited to speak by the Berkeley College Republicans. “Something very disturbing happened on the UC Berkeley campus,” Yiannopoulos said in a Facebook Live video. “I’m just sitting in my hotel room, stunned, that hundreds of people were throwing rocks… and had to be subdued… because they’re so threatened.” Early Thursday, President Trump tweeted a threat to cut off federal funds to Cal Berkeley if it “does not allow free speech and practices violence on innocent people with a different point of view.”
If U.C. Berkeley does not allow free speech and practices violence on innocent people with a different point of view – NO FEDERAL FUNDS?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 2, 2017