As expected, Milo event disrupted at UCLA
- The event did not begin until an hour after its scheduled start time, but Milo was able to finish despite some interruptions.
- At one point, protesters alluded to physically beating Milo, but were quickly drowned out by heavily ironic chants of "hate speech."
As expected, Milo Yiannopoulos dealt with protesters once more during his stop at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) on his “Most Dangerous Faggot” tour.
The event was set to begin at 7:00 PM PST, but Yiannopoulos posted on Facebook warning that, “there may be some delay since the protesters are trying to keep my fans out, and the lines are around the block.”
Following the lack of accountability by security at Milo’s previous speech at DePaul University, there was a much larger police presence at this event. However, this did not stop the protesters from trying to shut it down.
Many of them formed a wall outside to block off the entrance to the auditorium where Yiannopoulos would be speaking. One protester was dressed in a Native American costume, and he spoke to the crowd through a megaphone.
“I’m tired of people making fun of me and hurting my feelings. I’m tired of not being able to learn in an environment where my learning is not allowed,” he said. “I feel like I’m not even allowed on campus sometimes.”
Other students created a banner that read “Bruins Against Hate,” which they also chanted.
From inside the event, Breitbart’s Dustin Stockton addressed the live-stream, and he explained that the protesters tried to storm the auditorium as the students were taking their seats.
When Milo addressed the viewers himself, he told them he appreciated their patience. The crowd responded with “U-S-A” chants. The event ended up starting just after 8:00, a little over an hour past its scheduled beginning.
About halfway through the speech, there was an interruption by a small group of protesters, but they were drowned out with chants of “Build that wall!” A few minutes later, after Milo mockingly mentioned writing a column on how progressives could beat him, protesters declared they wanted to physically beat Milo; their words were quickly drowned out with the audience’s ironic chant of “Hate speech!”
The protesters were then peacefully escorted out by security, and the event continued to the end without further interruption.
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