Ann Coulter says Berkeley speech 'canceled' but implies visit

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But according to the Los Angeles Times and the Washington Post, the Berkeley College Republicans and national conservative group Young America's Foundation allege in a lawsuit filed Monday that the new date is a "sham" meant to suppress free speech.

"First and foremost, this is about students' rights on this campus", Brown told the FOX Business Network's Stuart Varney.

The lawsuit lists UC System President Janet Napolitano, UC Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas Dirks and three campus police officials as defendants, reports the Washington Post.

Young America's Foundation, one of the groups that planned the visit, said Tuesday that it was pulling out of organizing the event and blamed Berkeley for failing to provide a secure space. But Brown explained that the organization, as well as Coulter, are not happy with the new date suggested.

Despite Coulter calling on Twitter the lawsuit "our lawsuit", Dhillon said that she only represents the two student groups who want to schedule her talk, but not the author herself. Given the violence that has erupted surrounding recent appearances by conservatives speakers at the Berkeley campus, safety is understandably a concern.

"It was just another attempt by Berkeley to block students from hearing a conservative viewpoint". Reportedly, the student groups who had originally invited Coulter backed out of supporting the event in the last 24 hours.

Coulter was invited to speak by the Berkeley College Republicans, Young America's Foundation (YAF), and a student dialogue group called BridgeCal. In February, masked rioters at the school smashed windows, set fires, and shut down an appearance by former Breitbart News editor Milo Yiannopoulos.

The speech by conservative pundit Ann Coulter that had been scheduled for Thursday on the campus of U.C. Berkeley then canceled then rescheduled has been canceled again.

"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", the university said in a statement. Masked antifas disrupted a pro-Trump rally held on campus earlier this month.

"We have serious concerns and we're acting accordingly", Mogulof said. Fifty years ago, in the 1960s, Berkeley students ignited the free-speech movement that lit up the world.

In its April 19 story, the Los Angeles Times reported that a university spokesman said campus police were anxious about further violence.

It said UC officials and police "have permitted the demands of a faceless, rabid, off-campus mob to dictate what speech is permitted at the center of campus during prime time".

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