An antifascist group based at the University of California Berkeley campus are planning to disrupt MILO’s upcoming event on February 1st. In a Facebook event entitled “No Fascists on Campus,” the group declare their intentions to shut his event down.
“Given the recent increase in fascist activity both on and around the UC Berkeley campus, we feel that the university’s willingness to provide a platform to Milo Yiannopoulos and his views is unacceptable… we are inviting all allies and the Berkeley community to join us in making UC Berkeley a fascist-free zone,” the description reads. The event suggests that MILO is sympathetic to “white supremacist” causes, despite the fact that a prominent white supremacist website declared a “holy war” on him. They go on to claim that MILO pushes “dangerous narratives about a wide array of marginalized groups,” and that he “encourages” the harassment of transgender individuals. Further down the description, the organisation shows its true colours, in arguing that free-speech is “neo-fascist.”
A sample letter is included that other leftists can send to the administration to try and get MILO’s events cancelled. The letter is in a similar vein to one that professors at UC Berkeley professors addressed to Chancellor Nicholas Dirks. It reads as follows:
I am writing to express my anger and frustration at UC Berkeley’s decision to host notorious racist, sexist, and transphobic speaker Milo Yiannopoulos on February 1, 2017. I am also notifying you of a growing inter-community coalition to keep Milo off campus and of my support for them. In light of the increasing hostility towards marginalized groups on campus, including the hate crime committed on campus on election night and the increasing racist harassment around campus that has followed, it is disgraceful that UC Berkeley would welcome Mr. Yiannopoulos and his hateful, bigoted rhetoric on campus. Mr. Yiannopoulos was slated to speak at Portland State University and NYU, however both campuses cancelled the events stating that his viewpoints compromised student safety. He has also been permanently banned from DePaul University as the school claimed he created a “hostile environment.
In another post to their page, Berkeley Antifa ironically describe the UCB College Republicans as “triggered snowflakes” for raising questions about the security fee imposed on them for hosting MILO, which the administration at UCB argued was based on “neutral, objective criteria.”
It is unclear whether this group is linked to the website “It’s Going Down” that recently doxed the student hosts behind MILO’s event, where they posted personal details, photographs, email addresses, social media accounts, and even one of the student’s workplace addresses.