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Updated Statement on Violent Protest at University of California, Berkeley - FIRE
Last night, a violent protest at the University of California, Berkeley forced the cancellation of a speech by Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos. The fires, vandalism, and injuries resulting from the unrest at Berkeley have drawn national media attention and a tweet from President Donald Trump. FIRE condemns both violence and attempts to silence protected expression in the strongest terms. We also urge that decisions affecting long-term policy be made only after all the facts are gathered and with appropriate opportunity for reasoned discussion. Last week, Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas Dirks wrote a letter to the university community rightfully refusing demands that …