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Berkeley Sides with Antifa, Not Free Speech

  • Sam Mire
  • Apr 21, 2017 11:58AM

Berkeley’s status as the epicenter of the Free Speech Movement has become a dark joke. Instead, modern Berkeley has been more appropriately saddled with the archetype of the No Free Speech Movement.

In the wake of a second violent attempt to eliminate conservative thought in the notoriously liberal college town, it has become clear that Berkeley’s leadership in academia, local politics, and even the police department all but endorse riotous tactics.

That is, if you still believe the adage that actions speak to somebody’s true intentions and beliefs more than words ever could.

In the wake of a brick-throwing, fire-starting “protest” that resulted in the cancellation of an on-campus speech by Milo Yiannopoulos in February, Berkeley administrators said most of the right things.

A university spokesman lamented what was, “not a proud night for this campus, the home of the free speech movement.” He said they were reviewing policing tactics, discussing how to counter the tactics of this violent “black bloc” of agitators in the future.

Antifa (short for anti-fascism), the masked group which is the primary culprit in the majority of these violent anti-right, anti-free speech riots, has shown a willingness to throw anything from bricks to Molotov cocktails. They are a monolithic threat unified in their dedication to causing harm to humans and property alike- under the guise of combatting fascism. Yes, a group using violent means to suppress dissenting thought is doing so in the name of fighting fascism. You can’t make this stuff up.

But even with their disregard for conservative life, Antifa is nothing that the police can’t handle. In fact, manhandling a scrawny protestor or seven is the sort of professional fantasy that surely helps keep Berkeley police officers heartened enough to show up to work.

But, in Berkeley, the idea of enforcing the law upon those who throw explosives and smash windows remains merely a fantasy.

Conservative personality Lauren Southern was in attendance at a free speech rally in Berkeley this past Saturday. She describes a scene that is so Berkeley it is almost comical. If it weren’t so darn unbelievable and alarming, that is.

“The police assured myself and the organizers that there would be an impressive presence there, that the left wouldn’t be able to shut it down this time. But it was under one condition…that everyone that went into this protected zone by the police disarm (themselves),” Southern said.

The “protected” zone she speaks of was a mesh fence, the sort you would see flailing in the wind to mark off a roadside construction site. Because in Berkeley, it is the ones who peacefully advocate for free speech that must be corralled into a specially designated area. It’s the group who has a long-established history of truly peaceful protest that must be disarmed.

Again, I don’t have to explain the irony of a designated zone for free speech in America.

On cue, Antifa showed up, surrounding the free speech pen. And, seeing that the free speech advocates were unarmed, the masked anarchists smelled blood in the water. According to Southern, powerful firecrackers known as M-80s were thrown.