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UC Berkeley calls off Ann Coulter talk for security reasons

21 April 2017

Dhillon stated Dean of Students Joseph Greenwell had told BCR that he "was securing a room on campus for the Coulter event" on April 18, but the next day Interim Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs Stephen C. Sutton "abruptly informed our clients that the Coulter event was cancelled due to the University's alleged inability to "find a safe and suitable venue" for the event on the scheduled April 27th date".

Coulter has fired off an angry stream of tweets including one in all capital letters saying, "I WILL BE SPEAKING NEXT THURSDAY".

"We have been unable to find a safe and suitable venue for your planned April 27 event featuring Ann Coulter", Bekeley's vice chancellors told the two groups who were set to co-host the event.

"Yes, it was officially banned", Coulter said of her planned April 27 appearance.

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The AP obtained a copy of the letter Wednesday.

Berkeley has been the site of clashes between far-right and far-left protesters, most recently at a rally last weekend called in support of President Donald Trump in downtown Berkeley. In the wake of events surrounding the planned appearance by Milo Yiannopoulos in February, as well as several riots which have occurred in recent weeks in the City of Berkeley, we have increased our scrutiny regarding the time and location of high-profile speakers so that these events can go forward unimpeded.

The prestigious university's vice chancellors said Wednesday that "given now active security threats, it is not possible to assure that the event could be held successfully".

"Last week posters threatening disruption of the event appeared on the walls of campus buildings, and [Tuesday] night new, targeted threats were discovered" online, Mogulof said. We therefore must now work together to reschedule her appearance for a later date.

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Many on the famously liberal Cal campus opposed the appearance, including the student newspaper the Daily Californian, who said that the pundit's "only qualifcation is stirring the pot" and that her speech would not include productive discussion.

Coulter posted eight tweets in a span of 17 minutes after the AP and others reported the cancellation Wednesday.

By Thursday, the university announced it could round up the proper security to let her speak on May 2.

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