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3.2. Riots at Berkeley3.2.1. What happened?On the 1st of February 2017 Milo Yiannopoulos was set to speak at the University of California Berkeley. Over 1500 people had gathered around the University to protest. The event had been non-violent, until about 150 members of Antifa joined the protest and started attacking members of the crowd and damaging property. Soon the speech was cancelled and protesters were told to disperse. However, the protest continued on in downtown Berkeley where protesters broke windows of stores and banks. Many people were injured during this riot and there was an estimated $100,000 in damages.The cause of the protest was Milo Yiannopoulos. He is a British conservative Trump supporter who has criticized social justice, feminism, political correctness and Islam. The speech was supposed to be a part of his ‘Dangerous Faggot Tour’ where he visits University campuses and gives speeches. He is a provocateur and says a lot of controversial things, which is why he is hated so much by the left. Among the peaceful protesters there were mostly people on the left. The violent protesters consisted mostly of Antifa members and members of an organization called By Any Means Necessary. Both of these groups are on the far left and they are known to use violence and destroy property during their protests.3.2.2. What are the consequences?There was a lot of media coverage after the first protest and a lot of film footage captured by protesters or bystanders emerged on websites like YouTube, Facebook and twitter. As a result, a lot of people became aware of what was happening in Berkeley. During the protests that followed the turnout was a lot bigger and so more footage was taken which even more people saw which resulted in an even bigger turnout during the next protest. After the first protest in February, a lot of protests followed. One of the protests was on April 15, where a pro-Trump rally was met with counter protesters. This time there were between 500 and 1000 people at the protest and a large number of fights broke out. In total, there were 7 protests at Berkeley in 2017. All of these protests have started a discussion on freedom of speech. When conservative speaker’s events get cancelled, they are being censored and so the response to that from the far right is to counter the violence of Antifa with even more violence. At this point these protests have just become big boxing matches between Antifa and the Alt-right.3.2.3. Can we link Trump’s Presidency to the riots?There is no direct link between the riots at Berkeley and Trump’s Presidency, but the riots were the result of a lot of piled up anger. Now that there is a Republican in the white house, having conservative speakers feels like an extra blow to a lot of people on the left. They don’t want conservatives who support the current President using what they call hate speech on a campus where the Free Speech Movement took place in the 1960’s.Trump responded to the first riot at Berkeley with the following tweet: “If U.C. Berkeley does not allow free speech and practices violence on innocent people with a different point of view – NO FEDERAL FUNDS?”. He threatens to defund the University because in his opinion they did not handle the situation properly. As a result, the later riots became more focussed on protesting Trump. This meant that a lot of pro-Trump supporters joining these riots as well, to counter-protest.3.2.4. ConclusionThe riots at Berkeley are a good example of the current political environment in the US. There is a lot of anger about Trump’s Presidency and that manifests itself in the many protests we saw happening in 2017. Furthermore, we see that these groups are willing to take more extreme steps to stand up for what they believe in. They are using violence to get their point across and to stop others from speaking about what they believe in. The unstable polit


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