After members of antifa attacked Trump supporters and journalists in the streets of Berkeley on Sunday, the mayor of the city wants UC Berkeley to cancel “Free Speech Week,” an event put on by conservative campus group the Berkeley Patriot.
The San Francisco Chronicle reports that Mayor Jesse Arreguin's reason for his calls for the cancellation of the event is because he doesn't want the city to become a “punching bag”: “I am concerned about these groups using large protests to create mayhem. It’s something we have seen in Oakland and in Berkeley.”
He is also worried about some of the people the conservative group invited to speakat next month's events, like Milo Yiannopoulos, Ann Coulter, and Ben Shapiro:
“I’m very concerned about Milo Yiannopoulos and Ann Coulter and some of these other right-wing speakers coming to the Berkeley campus, because it’s just a target for black bloc to come out and commit mayhem on the Berkeley campus and have that potentially spill out on the street.”