Berkeley's Milo Riot, Seen From Ground Zero
Huffington Post - 22 days
See Paul Iorio’s original photos of the Berkeley riot here.
The Berkeley protests against the alt-right’s Milo Yiannopoulos ― who offers up a gay version of Ann Coulter on the college lecture circuit ― started out peaceful, but then got violent, scary and volatile on Wednesday night. From ground zero, where I watched it unfold, it looked like protesters were going to burn down the student center building at the University of California at Berkeley at one point.
That’s where Yiannopoulos was planning to speak, at the invitation of the student Republicans, and where he had arrived, amidst loud boos, just before six p.m. It was around six that the relatively peaceful demonstration ― full of chanting and inventive signs up to that point ― turned violent. That’s when a group of a few dozen, dressed in black, faces covered, stormed the building, dramatically knocking aside metal barricades, smashing windows and lighting fires. The police did very little to stop it, allowing them to blo
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