SAN FRANCISCO – Free Speech Week is formally canceled, but the controversy surrounding the particular campus event will likely not end because right-wing provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos promises to appear at an unsanctioned rally in the University of California, Berkeley upon Sunday.
He announced his purposes on Saturday after a student team that planned the four-day campus event called it off, citing safety concerns.
Yiannopoulos said he has been blindsided by the news, but was adamant on holding a rally along with fellow right-wing commentators Sunday upon campus.
The university said it was ready to do what was necessary to support the particular student group’s First Amendment legal rights and said campus police officers had been prepared for what may happen in case Yiannopoulos shows up.
Yiannopoulos’ attempt to speak in Berkeley in February was turn off by masked anarchists who rioted on campus.
Associated Press writers Erina Balsamo and Jocelyn Gecker added to this report.