THE ISSUE: The UC Berkeley College Republicans invited Milo Yiannopoulos to speak on campus. Protests erupted in response, leading to the event being canceled. The violent protest came from a non-student organization, but the event inspired substantial debate over free speech on campus. You can read the other side here.
UC Berkeley had already ruled that the Berkeley College Republicans were well within their rights to host Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos — a decision that met severe backlash when over 100 faculty members signed letters that urged the school to cancel the event.
Another student group, Berkeley Against Trump, organized a protest against racism, misogyny and transphobia in response. 1,500 people peacefully assembled.