American University Cancels Milo Yiannopoulos Event After Violent Protests Erupt

The 'alt-right' personality isn't popular at UC Berkley

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What started as a peaceful protest on the campus of UC Berkley last night descended into chaos as 150 masked agitators gatecrashed the event, vandalising property, lighting fires and clashing with police.

Initially a 1,500-strong demonstration against 'alt-right' commentator Milo Yiannopoulos, who was scheduled to speak to students hours later, the university decided to cancel the event in the face of the problems caused by protestors.

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Protestors threw fireworks, rocks and even Molotov cocktails at the police. While others smashed the windows of the student union center where the Yiannopoulos event was to be held.

The attacks were blamed on an anarchist group known as the 'Black Bloc' that has been causing problems in Oakland for years, said Dan Mogulof, UC Berkeley spokesman. Yiannopoulos also condemned the disruption, question the left's ability to tolerate free speech.

Known for his controversial views surrounding religion, homosexuality and pretty much everything, Yiannopoulos has become something of a poster boy for the 'alt-right', with the speaker recently causing a furore after being offered a £200,000 advance for his autobiography.

UC Berkeley said it had prepared security measures following what had happened at Yiannopoulos' previous events, which are often surrounded by protest and disruption.

"Ultimately, and unfortunately, however, it was impossible to maintain order given the level of threat, disruption and organized violence," UC Berkeley said in a statement.