Ann Coulter Vows To Speak At UC Berkeley Despite Cancellation [VIDEO]By Anne Collins, UniversityHerald Reporter
The University of California, Berkeley canceled their scheduled speech with Ann Coulter on Wednesday. University administrators said that they could not let Ms. Coulter speak due to active security threats.
Berkeley College Republicans were sponsoring the speech received a letter that said two chancellors from the university had to cancel the speech because they had been unable to find a safe and suitable venue for the event featuring Ann Coulter in April 27.
The letter was written by Vice Chancellor Scott Biddy and Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Stephen Sutton. It said that it was not possible to assure that the event could be held successfully. It also mentioned that the safety of Ms. Coulter, audience, event sponsors and bystanders could adequately be protected.
In response to the cancellation that was announced, Ms. Coulter said that she would definitley speak at Berkeley next week. She added that she was invited to speak by two groups on campus and intends to speak.
Berkeley has had a reputation as one of the country's most liberal universities and the campus along with its surrounding areas have become a target for small, militant and shadowy right-wing groups. These groups have clashed in recent months with equally militant and shadowy anarchist groups based in the San Francisco Bay Area.
On Saturday, the police arrested more than 20 people during a violent encounter. In February, Milo Yiannopoulos speech which was sponsored by the College Republicans was canceled after masked protesters rioted outside the event, ABC News reported.
The university spokesperson Dan Mogulof said they have committed to having a diversity of voices on campus and has been working with the police to reschedule Ms. Coulter's appearance. He added that they are going to do whatever they could to make it happen at a time and place when police can provide safety and security, The New York Times reported.