Ann Coulter vows to speak at Berkeley despite cancellation

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Ann Coulter fired off an angry stream of tweets Wednesday vowing to speak as planned next week at the University of California, Berkeley after campus officials called off the event for security concerns. "We demand that UC Berkeley honor its obligation to respect the First Amendment rights of its students, without regard to their political preference or affiliation, by ensuring that Ms. Coulter be allowed to speak on campus on April 27... during late afternoon or evening hours, and in a central location".

An April 12 appearance by conservative writer David Horowitz also was canceled, after university police said that event would have to be scheduled midday and away from the heart of the UC campus, again because of security concerns.

A planned speech by conservative commentator Ann Coulter at the home of the free speech movement has been canceled out of protest fears.

UC-Berkeley issued a series of demands required for Coulter to speak on their campus, according to Young Americans for Freedom, the event sponsors. College Republicans said they will announce where Coulter will speak early next week. In her view, they just keep adding more "burdensome" conditions on her "constitutional rights". "But they can't stop me". In this context, we greatly appreciate recent public comments by your spokespeople, who have offered full support for increased security measures in and around high-profile events. 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.

"We have been unable to find a safe and suitable venue", said the letter from Vice Chancellor Scott Biddy and Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Stephen Sutton. The event raised concerns of more violence at Berkeley, where masked rioters smashed windows, set fires and shut down an appearance by former Breitbart News editor Milo Yiannopoulos in February.

"We want this event to take place safely and successfully", he said.

Chancellor Nicholas B. Dirks told a news conference that police had "very specific intelligence regarding threats that could pose a grave danger to the speaker", her audience, and protesters if the event goes ahead next Thursday.



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