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Ann Coulter's UC Berkeley event attracts masked protesters; many arrests have been reported



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The arrival of conservative writer Ann Coulter at the University of California at Berkeley attracted a crowd of protesters on Wednesday evening in the latest episode of "canceling culture" on university campuses across the country.

"Many" masked protesters were arrested, campus police on Twitter confirmed.

Face covering is a violation of campus protest policy, FOX 2 of the Bay Area reported. The station reported that seven people were arrested.

An online video showed that Coulter was quickly escorting former protesters to the building where the Adios, America event took place. The host was the College Republicans campaign with Berkeley.

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Coulter began to speak with a delay of about 15 minutes, because the participants had trouble getting through the "human chain" of protesters who tried to block the apartment block from entering the building.

"They can protest as much as they want and shout the slogans – freedom of speech – I'm cool with it, but I'm not cool that someone is blocking us from entering," said Derrick Main, a member of the Central Committee of the Marin County Republican Republic. He told FOX 2 that he had paid $ 45 for his ticket.

"They can protest as much as they want and shout out passwords … but I'm not cool when someone blocks our way."

– Derrick Main, participant in the speech

The conservative writer Andy Ngo published a video that seemed to show a woman whose ticket was stolen.

Some of the protesters said they were there to promote leftist causes.

"We're here to express our support for the DACA and also to protest against white supremacism," said Hamid Hakimi, student protestor Berkeleyside.

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Some protesters said they wanted to end the party, but others agreed that Coulter had the right to speak.

"I think it's important for us to hear people like her say that it's true," she told a student named Aurora FOX 2.

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Ann Coulter appears in "The View" in 2017. (Getty Images)

"What we are doing through protests shows that her specific speech is not welcome here," she told Gianluca Pedrani.

"What we do through protests shows that her particular speech is not welcome here."

– Gianluca Pedrani, student

There were two protesters in the event, but only one was removed because the other agreed to remain silent, informed FOX 2.

The Berkeley campus is often the center of debate about freedom of speech. In September 2017, for security reasons, the scheduled four-day event called Free Speech Week was canceled. Protesters tried to silence the well-known speaker, provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos.

Earlier that year, Coulter canceled the campus event, also for security reasons. She called this situation "the dark day of freedom of speech in America."

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"¡Adios, America!: The Left's Plan to Turn Our Country into a Third World Hell" is a book written by Coulter in 2015.

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