By: Matier & Ross
Organizers of the anti-Milo Yiannopoulos demonstration last week at UC Berkeley that ended in $100,000 worth of window-breaking chaos declared it a “stunningly successful” protest — one they’ll happily repeat if the right-wing provocateur tries to return to campus.
“We are happy with the results,” said UC Berkeley Law School alumnus Ronald Cruz of the group By Any Means Necessary, or BAMN. “We were able to meet Mr. Yiannopoulos’ fascist message with massive resistance.”
An estimated 150 “black bloc” anarchists attacked police with rocks and fireworks and used barricades to smash windows at the student union Feb. 1, forcing the cancellation of Yiannopoulos’ appearance.
“We are not affiliated with them, but were united in shutting down the Milo event,” Cruz said.
“Everyone played a part,” he said. “Some engaged in breaking windows — others held signs and made sure that the fascists and the police did not attack anyone.
“This was self-defense,” Cruz said. “Windows can be replaced. People can’t be.”
Protesters may have a chance to do it again.
The Berkeley College Republicans, who were sponsoring Yiannopoulos’ appearance, tell us they have met with university officials about the Breitbart News editor returning to the campus.
“He has said that he wants to, and we are looking into it,” said Pieter Sittler, a spokesman for the group. “Nothing official yet, but the club would like to have him back.”
Cruz’s take on that: “I would be surprised if he tries to after his humiliating defeat. But if he wants to be defeated again, he will be if he tries.”
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