Berkeley cancels Ann Coulter's visit fearing violent protests

"Young America's Foundation, BridgeCal and Berkeley College Republicans have been working together to produce a lecture at UC-Berkeley on April 27, 2017, by Ann Coulter, a twelve-time bestselling author, whose book, 'Adios, America!' - a No. 2 New York Times bestseller - is widely credited with shaping President Donald Trump's immigration views", announced Young America's Foundation in a press release, Wednesday.

"Unfortunately, UCPD determined that, given now active security threats, it is not possible to assure that the event could be held successfully - or that the safety of Ms. Coulter, the event sponsors, audience, and bystanders could be adequately protected - at any of the campus venues available on April 27th", the letter said.

Coulter was slated to speak at the University of California, Berkeley next week after the Berkeley College Republicans invited her.

We have been unable to find a safe and suitable venue for your planned April 27 event featuring Ann Coulter.

Coulter is slated to at the Stanislaus County Republican Central Committee's Lincoln Day Dinner fundraiser at Modesto Center Plaza on April 28.

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A conservative national group that was helping to organize the event, Young America's Foundation, said Coulter also made demands of her own, including that any students engaging in violence be expelled. "The university's response was to ban her speech". "This is our third event in a row that has been canceled", Berkeley College Republicans spokesperson Naweed Tahmas said. "But they can't stop me". And after consulting with university police, officials said, they could not find a venue available on that date that would allow them to protect Coulter, the audience and bystanders.

Coulter said she agreed to all of the rules, which included speaking in the daytime and at a location to be determined closer to the Thursday speech, but was canceled at the last minute. "No more clear-cut proof that taxpayer-supported universities will not allow conservative speakers", Coulter told THR.

Word of the cancellation of the April 27 event comes just days after a violent encounter between far-right supporters and far-left protesters at a pro-President Trump rally in Berkeley in which multiple people were injured and arrested, CBS San Francisco reports. The hard-right polemicist is unfettered though, and says her speech will go on with or without government permission. He said the university was especially concerned that holding the event in the late afternoon would risk protests and potential violence stretching into the evening when the area would get crowded with commuters and students.

Dan Mogulof, a campus spokesman, was asked what would happen if Coulter shows up, and answered: "We will continue to do what is necessary to provide safety and security for the campus community and our neighbors". "These Antifa clowns are going to be their to take cheap shot at us". "Everything we're doing is so the speaker and students can actually exercise their rights without disruption", Mogulof reportedly said.

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