BERKELEY, Calif. (CBS SF/AP) — Protesters armed with bricks and fireworks mounted an assault on the building hosting a speech by polarizing Breitbart News editor Milo Yiannopoulos Wednesday night, forcing the event’s cancellation.

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Several injuries have been reported and at least four banks have been vandalized after demonstrators marched away from the scene of a violent protest at the canceled speaking event by controversial far-right writer and speaker Yiannopoulos on the University of California at Berkeley campus.

UC Berkeley officials said the protest was infiltrated by vandals.

Yiannopoulos was making the last stop of a tour aimed at defying what he calls an epidemic of political correctness on college campuses.

With masked activists joining the already large group of protesters gathered in the area between Sather Gate and the north end of Telegraph Avenue as night fell, campus police were holding their positions near the entrance of the Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union building hosting the event.

As the gathered crowd got more agitated, masked “black bloc” activists began hurling projectiles including bricks, lit fireworks and rocks at the building and police.

Some used police barriers as battering rams to attack the doors of the venue, breaching at least one of the doors and entering the venue on the first floor.

In addition to fireworks being thrown up onto the second-floor balcony, fires were lit outside the venue, including one that engulfed a gas-powered portable floodlight.

The area on Upper Sproul Plaza grew thick with smoke, and later tear gas, as the protest intensified.

At about 6:20 p.m., UC campus police announced that the event had been cancelled. Officers ordered the crowd to disperse, calling it an unlawful assembly.

Police then announced that they would lock down the entire campus, though authorities initially remained stationed near the student union building and did not move to force the protesters to disperse.

But police did fire flash bangs at the crowd.

Police at UC Berkeley student union during Milo Yiannopoulos protest (CBS)

Police at UC Berkeley student union during Milo Yiannopoulos protest (CBS)

Shortly before 6:30 p.m., Yiannopoulos posted on his Facebook page that he was safe.

“I have been evacuated from the UC Berkeley campus after violent left-wing protestors tore down barricades, lit fires, threw rocks and Roman candles at the windows and breached the ground floor of the building,” the post read. “My team and I are safe. But the event has been cancelled.”

Hundreds of protesters were observed at Wednesday evening’s event. Over 2,100 people responded to a Facebook post that they would be attending.

UC Berkeley spokesman Dan Mogulof said earlier Wednesday that the university Police Department called in officers from other UC campuses in the area, including Davis, and could ask for help from Oakland police and the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office if necessary.

He said that they have studied how the protests have escalated at other campuses and planned accordingly.

“The concerted effort was to really take a close look at lessons learned at other events,” Mogulof said.

Several student groups had called for protests and pledged to shut down the evening event. A number of Yiannopoulos’ talks at other campuses have been canceled due to protests or security reasons.

The 32-year-old right-wing provocateur is a vocal supporter of President Donald Trump and a self-proclaimed internet troll. He was banned from Twitter after leading a harassment campaign against “Ghostbusters” actress Leslie Jones.

His visit to Berkeley was sponsored by the campus Republican club. The university has stressed it did not invite Yiannopoulos and does not endorse his ideas but is committed to free speech and rejected calls to cancel the event.

Earlier Wednesday, the university sent a notice to all students that warned of crowds near the student union, where the 500-seat, sold-out event was scheduled.

“We anticipate there will be major protest/demonstration activity leading up to and surrounding this event,” the letter from school officials said. It did not discourage protests but advised those who didn’t wish to participate to avoid the area.

Pieter Sittler, a spokesman for the Berkeley College Republicans, said the club doesn’t support everything Yiannopoulos says but “he gives a voice to repressed conservative thought on American college campuses.” He uses “levity and humor” that should not be taken literally, Sittler said.

Yiannopoulos’ talks have sparked protests, shouting matches and occasional violence at stops around the country. A man was shot and wounded at a protest outside his Jan. 21 talk at the University of Washington.

Rowdy protests at UC Davis on Jan. 13 prompted campus Republicans to cancel his appearance at the last minute. His last stop was supposed to be UCLA on Thursday but the invitation was rescinded, making Berkeley his grand finale.

By 8 p.m., a large crowd of people had moved off the campus and onto Telegraph Avenue. They smashed ATMs at a Bank of America branch and set several trash fires on Telegraph Avenue.

After marching west on Durant Avenue, the group moved north on Shattuck Avenue, smashing windows and vandalizing a Mechanics Bank branch near the corner of Bancroft Way.

Chase and Wells Fargo branches were also vandalized. A Starbucks location near campus was vandalized and looted.

Police also received reports that banks were set on fire in the area of Center Street and Shattuck Avenue.

At 9:23 p.m., BART officials announced that trains were not stopping at the Downtown Berkeley station due to a civil disturbance in the area.

Shortly after that, UC Berkeley police reported that protesters were heading back toward campus on Center Street.

By 10:15 p.m. the crowd had largely dispersed and BART officials had re-opened the Downtown Berkeley station.

Berkeley police said that three or four injuries were reported as a result of fighting at the protest, and they are investigating reports of a possible hit-and-run crash in which a driver may have struck a person with a vehicle.

A video posted on social media showed at least one protester on top of a moving vehicle.

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Comments (285)
  1. You should be ashamed for reporting this in such a way that makes it seem as these protests and this violence is justified. These people are protesting free speech, breaking property and causing physical harm to those who do not have their views. How dare you glorify this and make it seem acceptable.

    1. You are 100% correct, this is unreal. If there goal is to ensure that the Democrats will never be in power again, mission accomplished. Hope all is well Patriot. MAGA!!!

    2. Beginning to think California is a lost cause. Way too many crazies live there. Maybe Trump should put the wall on the east coast of California, keep the rest of the Country safe from these wackos…..they accuse conservatives who voted for Trump Hitler, violent, racist but they are the ones doing these things. Crazy….

      1. Samuel Green says:

        Jl, Sadly these issues are not systemic to just California. Sadly the last eight years we had a president that empowered and supported BAD thuggish behavior.

        In cities such as Baltimore, the mayor with Obama’s full support ordered all law enforcement to stand down and let the city riot and burn. After the melee, Obama again praised Mayor Stephanie.

        When so called peaceful protests end with the local Wal Marts being looted, this is predatory criminal behavior, and the police should be putting batons to heads. Now these peaceful protesters, many who are felons, paid to cause chaos with Soro’s cash, are now using Caspian and weapons.

        And Obama, is still calling for protests, he’s a POS. The same president that showed illegals how to illegally vote.

        PS, Trump should ban face-masks at every one of these peaceful protests, those wearing masks should be arrested, unless they have a doctors note saying they must have one .

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    4. Mara Massey says:

      For those of you who do not know who Milo Yiannopoulos is, what him on YouTube.

    5. These are not protesters, they are rioters. Masked, black-clad rioters. Who really should have been shot dead by law enforcement.

  2. wjpost4th says:

    these people are nothing more than terrorist

    1. Bud Wood says:

      Typical of fascists who want the shut down any free speech.

      1. Geo Rubik says:

        “Typical of fascists who want the shut down any free speech.”

        Bob, are you saying a group that burns, loots, throws lethal projectiles are just enjoying their First Amendment rights?

    2. Jimmy Davies says:


  3. Mike Tobey says:

    And they all wonder why America gave a big middle finger to the media and the progressive left!
    CBS just failed to mask their own bias in an attempt to justify un-American behavior.

  4. Its time to release hate on these anti-1st Amendment leftist thugs!
    Water cannons. Tear gas. Rubber bullets. And if necessary, lethal force!
    They DO NOT CONTROL this country.
    This reeks of 1917 Russia. Coming soon to a city near you.

    1. Bud Wood says:

      Probably because of too much paperwork needed to justify the deed.

    2. They were being extra cautious because they figured one of them was Jerry Brown.

    3. Joel Harmon says:

      No arrests were made because the police in CA believe the same things the protesters do. This is why these activities are allowed. If a left-winger was torturing a right-winger in broad daylight, the police would protect the left-winger from anyone trying to save the right-winger. Typical of CA. I will NEVER go there, and no one in my immediate family will ever go there. You might as well go to Somalia. You would get the same fair police and court treatment there.

  5. Jonah Kyle says:

    So it’s official. The Democrats are terrorists, the Republicans are Americans. Pure and simple, absolutely NO ambiguity whatsoever.

  6. Mark Randall says:

    You are witnessing the oh, so tolerant and inclusive left. Free speech is being assaulted.

  7. Gonna cost a lot of money to clean this up.

    Wonder how the school’s gonna pay for it.

    1. Carl Edward says:

      Cal Berkley, They will blame it on Trump and ask for federal aid, plenty of law students and prof’s are willing to write the brief.

  8. Jim Thomas says:

    Are you proud of this? Remind me — who are the alleged “Nazis” here? I am a UCLA graduate, and this is despicable.

  9. The tolerant Left, on full display. This is the fault of the colleges that have let these anarchists have the freedom to riot whenever things don’t go their way. This is a dangerous trend that will only get worse. Weakness is always rewarded with defeat.

  10. Kenneth Hill says:

    CBS news is another example of why no one trust the worthless DemocraticParty media machine ministry of propaganda. There is no justification for what these punk terrorist are doing to our country. They need to be arrested and charged with domestic terrorism and put away for at least least 10 years and fined thousands of dollars

    1. Carl Edward says:

      10, I would have said 5 but I like your # better. Federal prison not state, and, no parole.

  11. The leftists aren’t thinking clearly.

    They seem to think they can attack people at will and it will go unanswered.

    On the right, we own almost 100% of the 300+ million weapons held privately in the U.S., we staff the armed and police forces., LOVE to hunt, and have you entirely surrounded.

    If you really want a civil war, you won’t last long.

    We are peaceful, law-abiding people, but if you think you can justify violence against those you think are destroying the country…..then we can too, and we are trained, and armed to the hilt.

    We think you are bad for this country….you unilaterally disarmed. Crowds of bullies won’t make it against us.

    You might want to think very carefully before you make your next move…because if you want a civil war, we will wipe you off the face of the planet.

    1. Sometimes you just need to thin the herd. 😉 MAGA!!!

      1. New rules for the police: Warn all protesters they have ten seconds to take off their masks before you begin shooting them where they stand.

        If they keep the mask on, they will be considered enemy combatants and shot on sight.

      2. Just make sure your weapon has a full MAGAzine. /sarc

  12. Morey Ladini says:

    The PC Left has nothing if not an Army of Snarky Media Trolls and comedians and their MSM bootlickers to always defend them…and yet…and yet…they can’t seem to find just one champion to debate, or follow up, againt Milo. So they resort to infantile violence. They have already LOST. Big-time.

  13. As this is actually an important distinction your new organization should educate yourselves on it. The protesters in black are not called “Black Rock”, they are Antifa and use a tactic called the “black bloc”. Its a group of anarchists and they were also present at the riots in DC. They are fairly violent and use the black bloc to avoid police reprisal of individuals in the riots.

    1. Carl Edward says:

      You seem to know them and their tactics well, care to call the police with their names, known associates, and hangouts?

      Email DHS?

    2. Carl Edward says:

      An anarchist group rioting against the federal government and destroying private property in Washington DC and California ………..insighting violence across state lines = racketeering charges for the organizer(s), destruction of private property and rioting charges for the stooges.

  14. Jim Scott says:

    Arson? Rioting? Domestic terrorism? They should be behind bars for years.

  15. Brian Moyer says:

    Wow, you can see where all that extra money went that Milo had to fork over…. 5 rent a cops. Something tells me the administration had no expectation of that speech every occurring.

  16. Welcome to the State that cast 4 million more votes for Comrade Clinton over Trump. California is full of wack jobs and the Government thinks they are the norm. There will be no stopping this violence as Moon Beam sides with the terrorist. California you get what you deserve. May the entire State fall into the Pacific.

    1. The experts say that Southern California is due for the next big (and inevitable) earthquake, but given what just happened in Berkeley a large part of the country is hoping the next big CA fault line to go will actually be one up north, preferably running right under Pelosi’s house. We can’t wait to see pictures of dead masked anarchists lying under piles of burning rubble.

  17. Nothing more than home grown terrorists and thugs. They all need to be arrested and go to prison. When is this going to be seriously addressed???

  18. This has absolutely nothing to do with “free speech” and everything to do with anarchy and complete lawlessness. The actions of countless members of the crowd are far and away worthy of getting them shot and killed. It’s about time law enforcement stopped with the pu55ified placating of criminal vandals and rioters and started putting them ALL in detention. Set up camps and round them up by the thousands, and let due process drag out long enough for many of them to lose their homes and all their belongings while their apartments sit, rents unpaid, and their homes sit, mortgages unpaid. Worthless pieces of human excrement these people are. We need a Guantanimo for American citizens and throw them all in it.

  19. Ernie Ball says:

    CBS Local- In other ‘news’, 19 activists fly planes into the world trade center in a protest over Muslim rights…

  20. I despise this creep, but let’s not forget the First Amendment is for ALL OF US!

    1. You’re correct. The fed up conservatives need to learn from this and exercise our right to take to the streets. So a few malcontents burn and pillage. The media will give us a fair shake and not demonize the whole because to the actions of a few, correct?

    2. Carl Edward says:

      Many who read his books said the same of Obama when he was elected in 2008, and more the second time.

  21. {;ease – secede from the union. America shuns you.

  22. Lori Boxer says:

    What’s going on right now at UC-Berkeley must be put down. It’s a whole new kind of censorship, and it is anything BUT protest. This is pure criminal activity born of a philosophy that they will maraud, terrorize, inflict violence, burn and destroy until – and only until – they get their way. Period. Liberal colleges and universities must be told by Federal government that protests, rallies are fine, but if campus security can’t control/contain it, once violence erupts and fires break out and property damaged: no more Federal money, and the National Guard or Homeland Security agents get sent in. Any student involved is arrested and immediately discharged permanently from school.

  23. “Burn, baby, burn!”
    America thanks you!

  24. I guess the protestors are determined to re-elect Trump.

  25. Law Enforcement throughout the U.S. and World are watching these police officers “cower” to Hooded (isis, kkk, la raza, ILLegals, or ?) whatnot’s. It sends a message of grave weakness and will foster a national invasion, especially with the media at the helm! Berkley’s worried about costs?!? Better worry when every potential student will not or cannot enroll. Parents, save your kids and pull out now. This “school” is a complete heap of trash!!!

  26. David McCall says:

    8-years of obama has turned our Country into 3rd world trash. The minute you take your protest to violence is the minute you need to get your ass kicked and thrown into jail. If the lying media had anything to do with the promotion of it, they need to be punished to the fullest extent of the law. The same needs to be applied to all nutty professors. There’s no 1st Amendment to anyone harming another.

  27. chrismaya says:

    Liberal “tolerance” is not only a MYTH, but it is actually nothing more than HATE disguised by selectively chosen rhetoric. The irony is that liberals still wonder why the Democrats are losing everywhere except for the bluest of blue states.

    1. Yay! It was a total success. Speech canceled. AND this on the heels of Trump firing that woman for refusing to obey the dictator’s orders by upholding the constitution. I think we can win this after all!

      1. chrismaya says:

        It is insane to think that VIOLENCE is a win. These crazies are completely oblivious to the fact that they are stomping all over FREE SPEECH simply because they are so easily coerced by left wing lunacies to think that anyone has a right to think something other than what they are taught.

        I hope that these monsters are arrested and jailed. I also hope that these vile haters of liberty lose any chance of getting into a state college too.

      2. You idiots were completely trolled by Milo. He left Berkeley and went straight onto national news to tell the whole country the truth. That a bunch of totalitarian nut jobs are so afraid of the opinion of a gay Brit that they are destroying their own town. You obviously have no idea how badly he is damaging your cause. Risus et bellum. Sucker.

      3. You’ve already won — only it was the booby prize.

  28. Teaching our children, if you don’t like someone’s viewpoint, burn the place down. Oh tolerance at its finest.

    1. Or act like a belligerent toddler for 8 years like Republicans and don’t show up to work.

      And then you can fire some of your cabinet for upholding the constitution.

      Hey I get it you are scared. You should be because the proletariat does like the new racist, sexist, dictator the was unconstitutionally brought to power and if they are willing to burn their own liberal establishments think of what they might willing to do to the places you hold dear.

      Can’t start a fire without a spark and the spark started when the election was rigged.

      1. Thanks Barry. It is because of people like you that Trump got elected. Keep it up. Especially the riots. When President Trump is forced to declare martial law, you will find a lot of people will want to discuss politics with you. Hopefully, you were not stupid enough to use your real name.

      2. Tad Taylor says:

        You should sue your school for not teaching you about the Electoral College. Not only HOW it works, but WHY we have it.
        As far as the Republicans not showing up for work? Yea.. they showed up and were stopped by Reid who wouldn’t bring the bills to a vote. The Democrats, on the other hand, as lately as yesterday, didn’t show up at all using the poor excuse of ‘boycott’.

  29. Ty Harris says:

    Totally unnacceptable nazi behavior. As I watch all of these statist terrorist mobs smashing windows and torching cars at these various protests I feel like the cops need to do a better job at responding to the worst actors. Pushing back the majority of the peaceful ones with tear gas or whatever is fine, but we need to actually lay hands on the masked window smashers and brick throwers, identify them, and lock them up for long prison sentences as terrorists. The cops need to have “grab teams” prepositioned and emerge suddenly from hiding behind closed and tinted doorways in force. Run the grab squads straight at the worst offenders and place them in custody. Use surveillance on rooftops to identify and vector the grab teams onto the targets. Very ineffective tactics from the cops. Peaceful protest is fine but this nonsense has to be stopped.

  30. Gary Ferraro says:

    Liberalism is a mental disorder.

  31. Asian countries for Asians.

    Black countries for Blacks.

    but White countries for everybody?

    That’s genocide.

    Anti-racist is a codeword for Anti-White

  32. Peaceful protests are the American way. If you don’t like President Trump and are opposed to conservative views, protest by demonstrating. However, destroying is not peaceful.

    Enjoy it while you can. You are creating a self-fulfilling prophecy i.e. your behavior will be tolerated for now, but in time your protests will be stopped if you continue destroying.

    You will be held responsible for your behavior.

  33. This why milita groups exist, calling all milita groups protect free speech.Doubt they will answer….but if the did the hate filled anarcist would not riot again

  34. California Democrats hatred for Free Speech and Sheltering of ALL Criminals is on THEM and their Voters. Soros , Media Matters,, etal – all tools of the Democratic Party Criminal Cabal.
    CAexit Now – State of Jefferson NOW! – San Andrea’s Fault line will not wait forever. /sarc

  35. Well folks, the Brown Shirts of earlier times have arrived and guess what, they are not Republicans or conservatives or skin heads or even Klansmen, they are Democrat liberals. George Soros, aren’t you, Barak and Hillary proud of what you’ve wrought?

  36. Iam MrMan says:

    These are not protestors, they are criminal thugs, domestic terrorists! No cause justifies the violence and property damage. So much for give peace a chance! Start arresting and prosecuting these terrorists!

  37. The powerful “Free Speech Movement” started in the 1960’s dies an ignominious end on the same campus where it started.What a shame that these snowflakes bring to Berkeley and campus across the nation.

  38. While I don’t condone what these idiots did at least they showed up unlike their Democratic counterparts in congress. Cowards.

  39. So in reality, these are not protesters, they are terrorists and should be treated as such

  40. Free speech for everyone. The Donald is all about Free Speech. Read the book about him (released 1-7-2017):
    “KEK: The Rise of Donald Trump” (released 2017)

  41. Peter Zolla says:

    dear police: OPEN FIRE ALREADY!

  42. The University made it clear that they “stressed it did not invite Yiannopoulos and does not endorse his ideas but is committed to free speech and rejected calls to cancel the event.”
    Well, they appear to be okay with rioting and law breaking.
    Oh, and they did cancel the event. Just saying.

  43. templeofsatan666 says:

    LOL @ leftist totalitarian lunacy. But remember folks, it’s the evil “ultra-conservatives” who threaten our freedoms. Call in the national guard! Time to purge the universities of these violent fascists!

  44. Leftists are shameless, hypocritical, violent, tyrannical thugs who thinks they’re nice and compassionate.

    No wonder they’ve aligned with the radical Muslims–they are so much alike.

    Would love to see a society somewhere comprised only of Leftists and radical Muslims and then see how they treat each other.

    My bet: the Leftists convert and become radical Muslims in a minute.

    Because they (the Leftists, that is) are actually a strange brew of violent narcissist and coward, charmingly all wrapped up into one.

    They are such blind fanatics that free speech scares them more than anything else–they are afraid of having their minds changed and their faith shattered through free discourse.

    That would leave them bereft of meaning in their pathetic vacuous vain little lives.

  45. Justme77 says:

    Thank God their side didn’t win in November. They’d only get worse with time if Hillary won.

  46. Leftists will place radical Islam ahead of gay rights every time.

    Yiannopoulos is working to stop radical Islam from infringing upon his rights as a gay American.

    Hypocritic Lefties.

    Favoring theocratic fascists over personal freedom–brought to you by–wait for it….the Progressives, ladies and gentlemen, the PROGRESSIVES.

    If you are a Progressive, you should hang your head in SHAME.

  47. Bill Mooney says:

    Notice how many terrorists cover their faces? So much for the courage of their convictions. Free speech has died on the majority of college campuses, and college administrators have quietly encouraged its demise. Sad.

  48. Looks like Trump in 2020! I’m all in if this is what the other side has to offer.

  49. I left Cal in ’74 with my Masters and 3 months into a 40-year career as a self-employed sole-proprietor licensed CA architect my politics flipped 180. In my day it was about free speech. Now the Leftists have raised a crop of intolerant anti-free speech fascist monsters. What an ironic shame.

  50. Terry Harn says:

    Great, the “protestors” smash, burn and assault, yet Milo is the divisive one. Right.

  51. The Progressive playbook: Don’t just oppose your opposition — suppress it; don’t just resist dissenting views — stifle them; and don’t just confront those who disagree with you — silence them. This is getting so old, it would be getting really boring — if it wasn’t so dangerous.

  52. 7X62 mm full metal jacket worked at Kent State it will work again!

  53. Dean Ayer says:

    was a it followed by a book burning?

  54. What a disgrace. Every time I see this mindless violence by leftists I become more conservative.
    These troglodytes might just as well call themselves the Trump Re-Election Committee.

    We are finally seeing the true face of the “progressives” in this country; Fascist, juvenile, impulsive and authoritarian. If your fragile worldview cannot withstand a speech from a gay Libertarian then it might be time take a hard look at your belief system. If left truly believes that they can bully the rest of American into believing exactly what they want them to believe they are sorely mistaken.

    So continue to allow your own cities to be trashed, continue to allow free speech to be squashed in your universities, continue to do what leftist do best. But do not be surprised when those of us who actually value liberty decide enough is enough and begin to fight back.

  55. Have they filed suit against Milo for causing all of this? Charges against him for inciting a riot?

  56. But… this is a public University… this is where my taxes go to pay for their education… Can we at least arrest the non-students for trespassing and then expel all the students for destroying “OUR” buildings?!?!?….

  57. At some point decent people will simply go out and exterminate these rioters.

  58. They need to use live ammunition and put these feral animals down. They’re protesting freedom of speech, plain and simple. Use lethal force!

  59. Soros needs to be arrested, he’s the one instigating these deadly riots.

  60. California wants to Secede, let them but they can’t take any land with them. They can lash some boats together and sail off any wherever they want to go. UC Berkeley is a sanctuary and federal funds need to be cut until revoked and all rights are protected.

  61. How many arrests were made by police?

    If none, then they are part of the problem.

  62. Jakki Tucker says:

    yes burn down your own campus lol

  63. Stop using the critics description as the main one people hear. Milo is anything but a racist or bigot. These leftist terrorists push their propaganda and if that doesn’t work, they resort to violence.

  64. Joe Preusz says:

    Why do the police allow this?

  65. liberals are a complete joke, even they know it

  66. Dan Deal says:

    No one hates like a liberal!

  67. Reed Smith says:

    These leftist clowns are soooo easily baited…facist and anarchist shock truoops of the anti-intellectual left, which is being increasingly marginalized each day…well done

  68. Raleigh Wood says:

    Soros should be held responsible for funding the attempts to destroy our country.

  69. UC Berkeley has hit peak Affirmative Action.

  70. Disgrace. This at the birthplace of the “Free Speech Movement”. Welcome to Gaza! Come on kids go try that toxic spin on somebody else. That argument is a pig-sty beneath a dull facade. It fools no one. This is no more about ‘free speech’ than the Monkey Trial was about monkeys. This was not ‘speech’ but terrorist acts and a conspiracy calculated to deny Milo HIS ‘fundamental’ civil rights. Not in my name! Not in the name of liberalism or the left.

    Who are the fascists? Who is suppressing ‘fundamental’ rights and civil liberties? Who is trashing the Bill of Rights? Whose are the Nazi thugs? Who is standing by to cheer anarchy? Res ipsa loquitur!

    But we are not the gullible fools you think we are. The picture of youths hurling stones with sling-shot expertise is thought provoking. Hmm. Yilo once said, “I’m not afraid of terrorists. I’m afraid of Islam.” Since the Bay Area, San Francisco and especially Berkeley are well known flashpoints in the battleground for Palestinian activism and “hubs” for the “delegitimization” of Israel the picture of youths hurling stones with sling-shot expertise is telling. Where have we seen that before? We all know where. This looks like something we would see on the streets of Gaza.

    This is a public university. These were acts calculated to terrorize. The University and the FBI and Homeland Security should treat it for what it was. They should conduct a thorough investigation and prosecute to the fullest extent of the law. Any student who participated in denying Milo his rights or destroying property should be expelled. Any immigrant participating in this should have their visa revoked immediately and be deported.

  71. Can Soros be charged for the destruction his money is buying? I sure hope so.

  72. Ralph Evans says:

    “UC Berkeley officials said the protest was infiltrated by vandals.”
    Really? There are that many vandals attending your university?
    You call the right “Nazis” while making the Brownshirts look like peaceful protesters.

  73. Stehr Va says:

    Let me get this right-what is supposed to be our best and brightest if you listen to the hype of schools like Berkeley-go on a rioting rampage BECAUSE their intelligence does NOT include the ability to process more than one idea? The destruction of their own campus should be proof enough that they do not have the intelligence it takes to be in college-at least not in a real college where the exchange of ideas is part of the whole. All this continues to prove that liberals are anti the rights of all others that do not agree with them. They do not feel the rights in the constitution are for all just for them. So happy everyday that I sent my sons to high quality, well versed Universities that were NOTHING like these snowflake institutions.

  74. The president of the school needs to hand in her resignation IMMEDIATELY for excusing this non-sense. Two of her students are on camera saying they feel this riot is “justified” (more telling is one on the turban says she feels it “appropriate”). Epic fail all around. Trump 2020 thanks these children for their efforts. Keep showing America who you are, kids.

  75. Infiltrated by vandals? No, the Left is one big vandal. Always was, always is, always will be. Shoot them all.

  76. #boycotthalftime -boycott halftime.TVsOFF. Don’t provide a platform for Gaga and Advertisers to diminish us & this country anymore.

  77. ******Keep it up Lefties, along with your fellow travelers, the Presstitutes and Follywood miscreants. You will continue to earn the scorn of and be held in contempt by WeThePeople. You will continue to marginalize yourself. Meanwhile, WeThePeople will work to Make America Great Again, as we always have. We will Drain the Swamp: While sooo looking forward to the 2018 mid-term election and the total demise of the Democrats a.k.a the Anarchists…WeThePeople will have the exquisite pleasure of witnessing Democrats as they cease to exist as a national party and be relegated to no more than pathetically impotent enclaves/communes on the coasts. The Democrat Party 1828 – 2018 R.I.P. ….. God Bless our America and God Bless our President Trump. ******

  78. Just a quick note to you idiots.

    Shriek your unhappiness to the heavens all you want.

    Run to your safe rooms and put on your safety pins (presumably to hold up your diapers).

    But know this.

    Put your worthless f*cking hands on me while I’m about my lawful pursuits and I will gutshoot you.

    And trust me, dying, screaming, won’t be nearly as much for or as glamorous as you seem to think it will be.

    Oh, and by the way.

    For that moron I saw spray that woman this morning on the news.

    Listen you f*cking coward. Be glad it wasn’t MY daughter. If it had been I’d hunt you down and you would die, gutshot and kneecapped and left for the coyotes at a place I know in Baca County, Colorado.

    You idiots want a f*cking war? Seriously?


    Just remember, there are plenty of us dinosaurs left (a 1968 draftee here) who ain’t afraid to make loud noises and see your riots as a target rich environment.

    y’all have a nice riot now, y’hear

  79. Will the Democrats ever win another election?

  80. Peter Trzop says:

    If California was allowed to break off from the US, would it become a fascist state? An Orwellian nightmare? That what appears to be the way they operate out there.

  81. Liberals protesting free speech. Ladies and gentlemen, this is the “tolerant” and “diverse” left.

  82. Jack Riley says:

    Violent brainwashed liberals again.

  83. Remember when we were all told during the campaign that Trump supporters were no better than brown-shirted fascists? Well in turns out that the real fascists are on the left and are prepared to use physical violence top suppress the speech of anyone who dares express contrary opinion.

  84. Spin Cycle says:

    These snowflakes were great comedy until they turned violent.

    These imbeciles have no idea why free speech is important for a free society. They seem to be saying that freedom of speech is for them and for no one else, and they have some sort of moral obligation to restrict the speech of others. These people are insane and dangerous.

    It may be time to start locking them up and sanctioning the college professors who enable and encourage their neo-fascist beliefs.

  85. Rayna Pettit says:

    Dear real Americans: remember this article when the next election cycle comes around. these are the educated-but-uninformed people that think you should agree with only them and only vote for their candidates.
    Remember, remember!
    The first of February,
    The free speech treason and plot;
    I know of no reason
    Why the free speech treason
    Should ever be forgot!

  86. Ide Clair says:

    This is the liberals’ MO, yet people like Hillary and Pelosi would condemn the right as being violent deplorables.
    How did it get this bad? Actually, I believe it’s the media’s fault. If they held all people equally accountable no matter their ideology, there’d be consequences for this behavior and it would stop.

  87. Carl Edward says:

    They are showing the moderate people who voted for Hillary why she lost.

  88. “Protesters armed with bricks and fireworks mounted an assault on the building hosting a speech by polarizing Breitbart News editor Milo Yiannopoulos Wednesday night, forcing the event’s cancellation.”

    You lost me right there, CBS. Protesters are not armed with bricks and fireworks. And they don’t mount assaults.

  89. The Left is totalitarian, and the root ideology is coming from the universities. End all government funding to higher education. End Pell grants. Tax universities the same as businesses. End all government involvement in student loans. Stop funneling my money to the anti-intellectual, liberty-hating, free-speech-attacking, Marxist, collectivist, Keynesian cesspools. University professors are the most evil people in our society, and these “students” are their progeny.

    1. Thank you. follow the money. You’re right. Also there should be a mandatory minimum of conservative teachers in each dept of higher education institutions. Universities were forums where ideas and ideologues I don’t like would be allowed to present their arguments without harassment. What happened to that right?

  90. These are not protesters…they are terrorists and should be treated as such.

  91. Max McByte says:

    How did these these hateful globalist progressives get this way in the first place?


    These home grown HATEFUL anti-Trump sheeple *** have been programmed *** to respond they way they do.

    They have been infected by a social psychological virus through years of a demoralization process (Ideological Subversion) that has destroyed their ability to function as American citizens. They think of themselves as children of the world. Our laws, culture and values do not apply to them.

    They have been turned into something like a zombie with upside down anti-American values that were placed in their heads via political correctness, indoctrination and media. They are fearful of being seen as an outsider, someone who rocks the boat. They need to fit in with other sheeple and move with the herd. The have become conformists.

    Their reasoning abilities and logic centers have been damaged.

    To feeeel good is their primary concern. It’s like an addictive drug to them and they can no longer see.

    If you showed them the Truth with absolute proof they still would not believe it and will become beserk as their ideology was attacked. They then stamp their feet and protest. Not even knowing why they are protesting.

    They have been truly fu****!

    Have a nice day…

  92. Hitler gained control over Germany because his “Brown Shirts”, aka the Sturmabteilung, disrupted the meetings and rallies of his opponents with violence.

    Just keep that in mind when Neo Liberals do the exact same thing to Milo. These are the real Fascists.

  93. John Nelson says:

    Behold, the true, fascistic, anti-free speech face of liberalism.

  94. “It started as a peaceful protest”. Do you bring ski-masks and baseball bats to a peaceful protest?

  95. An University or municipality that fails to preserve the peace is guilty of conspiring a riot. The businesses that incur losses should be compensated. Those guilty should be held accountable. And students that protest free speech should be required to take a year long course in constitutional rights. If they are guilty of vandalism they should be required to compensate the state for the cost of policing the riot and for any damages.

    There is nothing wrong with peaceful protest. But vandalism and destruction of public or private property should not be tolerated. Failure to enforce this only promotes more protests and violence.

  96. why isn’t this considered a “HATE” crime? Police should arrest anyone with a mask and if they are illegal deport them. Also the man the paper sprayed a woman with a Trump Hat should be charge with assault and a HATE Crime!

  97. Can some one tell me why they call these people protestors. Is it to save space in there reporting. I think most people know that they are Democratic Rioters nothing more nothing less.

  98. Lulua Mahalo says:

    BUT, they’ll happily have BLM or every anti-American speak.

    I was a resident of Berkeley and went to UC back in the mid 60’s. Then, at least, opposing sides would allow others to speak.

    Now, these pusillanimous libs are demonstrating why most of America despises them…thanks to the indoctrination of leftist instructors and institutions.

    And why did the police arrest almost no one?

  99. Anarchy is not free speech it is the antithesis. These brats are acting like Hitler’s Brownshirts to get there way. If you can’t control yourself expect repercussions. Protest is one thing. Anarchy is a whole different matter. little brats are seditionists. and truthfully deserve the legal punishment for it. According to guidelines it is 5 yrs minimum. May your hole enjoy your prison time. Don’t drop the soap.

  100. Neuro Mancer says:

    What does Berkeley have against gays?

  101. Colleges encourage their students to make their voices heard not realizing said students will also destroy their benefactors in blind fury.

  102. Sam Fry says:

    Those are not “firecrackers” those are FIREWORKS! Big difference!

  103. Nothing to see here……….
    People ripped out of their cars, police struck with fireworks, young women hit with pepper spray and metal chairs.

  104. Tomas Cruz says:

    Several reporters and anchors on CNN failed to mention Milo was gay and a libertarian. Instead they called him a right wing editor. They didn’t want this to be called an anti gay protest/riots by democrats. They even failed to mention the assaults on women and men Trump supporters. They are a disgrace.

  105. Jim Olson says:

    It’s been said a million times (because it’s true)…the left is all about free speech as long as you agree with them.

  106. Bret McCoy says:

    Protesters don’t bring bricks, fireworks and masks. Paid Soros anarchists/rioters fit that description…

  107. Aah the fascist intolerant left wingers are at it again. NO doubt bought and paid for by their fuhrer Soros. Sich Heil you bunch of Nazis.

  108. are you kidding me???? where are the culprits who did this..any arrests? this USA or Mexico ?

  109. Shame on CBS for portraying Milo as the “provocateur” when it’s actually George Soros and his paid, commie thugs who are provoking violence.

  110. They are employing exactly the same techniques that Hitler’s Brown Shirts employed in Germany. The good German citizens let it happen. If the citizens had opened fire and killed them, World War II would have been averted. Trump needs to deputize good citizens and authorize them to put down these Brown Shirts by whatever means deemed necessary. Americans by the thousands would sign up and provide their own weapons and ammunition. Three incidents and it would all be over.

  111. Cari Geld says:

    Why on earth would UC Berkeley allow someone like that to speak on their campus? Like someone said, “It’s not freedom of speech. It’s hate speech.” Yiannopoulos is against everything the people of Berkeley stand for. It’s like letting a child molester talk about how great abusing children is at a children’s hospital or at a shelter. As much as I don’t condone violence I think in this case it might have been necessary. I’m made at UC Berkeley for allowing anything like this that would instigate riots like this. It’s irresponsible and really not ok on the part of UC Berkeley. I know officers in Berkeley and things like this put them and the public in danger. I’m not ok with that at all. Shame on you UC Berkeley. Maybe now you will use better judgement in what you allow on campus. And Trump has no jurisdiction to allocate which colleges get what funding. For all these idiots that voted for this terrorist wake up. He wants to defund everything that upholds our constitution, everything that protects our environment, everything that keeps us safe, and everything that gives us the competitive edge in the world market.

    1. Tad Taylor says:

      What you consider to be hate speech, someone else doesn’t. That’s why we have freedom of speech. We also have the right to PEACEFULLY assemble if we don’t like it.
      If you can show me in the Constitution (remember that old piece of paper?) where it says differently,I’ll agree with you. Usurping it simply because you don’t agree with it doesn’t change it. It just make you look like a traitor.

  112. Anyone notice how Obama came out of hiding and instead of saying “Stop the violence” said in Germany a few days ago, “I don’t encourage the protesters to stop”

  113. The reporter that wrote this “news” report dosed the piece, when describing the guest speaker,
    with the following adjectives: polarizing, controversial far-right writer, far-right provocateur. Objective reporters state facts, keep their prejudices to themselves and let readers and viewers reach their own conclusions. If it’s commentary then you’re welcome to spew venom. Otherwise treat your calling as the serious profession it is. Observe fairness standards One journalist to another here.

  114. Teddy Novak says:

    In related news, youths in 1930s Germany rioted through the streets protesting against people that offended them.

  115. The Soros-Nazis hate Milo because he destroys the false narrative that if you’re gay, you have to be a liberal Democrat. It’s the same way they feel about Black conservatives, but white Soros-Nazis won’t riot against a Black conservative for fear of exposing themselves as racist hypocrites.

    If they had legitimate arguments against Milo’s views, they are welcome to attend the talks and engage in debate. But they’re not interested in debate (because they might lose). They’re only interested in silencing the opposition – just like the Nazis they are.

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  117. Higgs Boson says:

    Liberals worst nightmare… Milo the Mensch!


  118. CBS SF…Your leftist spin on this story is not working…and you call yourself a news organization. Shame on you.

  119. Mike Arvand says:

    Because nothing says you’re a peaceful, open minded, tolerant, non judgemental, pro LGBT-

    like rioting and destroying property to prevent a gay Jewish immigrant from expressing himself

    Too bad these morons don’t understand what irony is.

  120. Sean Poulk says:

    People protesting other peoples freedom of free speech…????? Who would have even figured that the all inclusive, oh so tolerant left wingers would act this way? I have a great solution all looters and vandals should be shot. The police should use non lethal ammunition and every time an individual starts looting or breaking things shoot the offender with rubber bullets. Hell you could even give several of the cops paintball guns and have them nail the miscreants. At least you will have an idea who to arrest, the one covered with paint. These vile thugs need to learn that it is your right to protest not your right to attack other people for their beliefs or to destroy and damage personal and public property.

  121. John Bowman says:

    Who is organizing and paying for this riot? George Soros?

  122. Eddie Finch says:

    Liberalism is a mental disorder. It explains everything that has been going on for the last several years. There has to be more push back from us deplorables. We won, they lost. Now we have to let them know that this nonsense will not be tolerated anymore.

  123. The UC-Berkeley rioters should be charged under civil rights violation and federal grants should be withheld until they are expelled. Just to make the university administration more serious, some of the grants and the research projects should be moved to other states. After all it is tax payers’ money and they are all not on the side of the rioters.

  124. Oh, I know who is going to be building the wall! LOL. And Soros will be paying for it.

  125. John Norris says:

    I don’t care who you voted for in November …..I really don’t …..But only one arrest last night ONE… gotta be kidding me …..That will only embolden these thugs

  126. Absolutely shameful reporting. This was a riot and it was done by leftist who want to shut down free speech. Milos is a harmful gay man who despises the left and hates PC. The left hates it when someone points out the faults. It’s a shameful time in America when a collge campus, Mayor and city police sit back and do NOTHING! Shameful!

  127. Kyle Smith says:

    Thank you for being the only non-conservative publication to call it as it was: a riot, not a protest. Good job for avoiding being fake news like everyone else.

  128. John Long says:

    Nothing more than a sanctioned riot by local government and school administration. I lived there for seven years. The first week I lived in Berkeley, in the 90s, I saw what they call a critical mass. A car was vandalized, and a lounge chair was dragged in the middle of the street and set on fire. These people thrive on chaos, they should not be justified in any way…like the media is doing. They physically attack people and vandalize….because they disagree with someone elses opinion. They’re children.