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Cal Berkeley Blocks Ben Shapiro, Third Conservative Speaker

Cal Berkeley Blocks Ben Shapiro, Third Conservative Speaker

Fans of "Conservatives vs. Antifa" antics in Berkeley will want to know that the latest dust-up is going precisely according to formula.

The Republican student group had requested a space capable of holding 500 people, yet the university administration has said it can not find such a venue, while denying that they are censoring speakers like Shapiro.

Campus administration announced Thursday it is "confident" it will be able to provide Berkeley College Republicans a venue for Ben Shapiro to address the campus September 14, according to an emailed statement from campus spokesperson Dan Mogulof.

The university later canceled a speech from conservative columnist Ann Coulter and has seen multiple showdowns between leftist protesters and right-wing demonstrators throughout the year. The Berkeley College Republicans and Young America's Foundation booked Shapiro and announced his appearance on July 11, without yet having a venue arranged. "And we've determined that there are other venues available".

Berkeley's inability to find a lecture hall more than two months in advance is laughable.

Chancellor Carol Christ said in an emailed statement the campus looks forward to hosting Shapiro on campus and "fully supports student groups' right to invite speakers of their choice to campus".

Cal Berkeley Blocks Ben Shapiro, Third Conservative Speaker

Seems UC Berkeley - known as the birthplace of the free-speech movement in the 1960s - only can accommodate venue requests "when events are held at a time and location that allow for the provision of any required security measures", according to a letter from Greenwell and the student organization coordinator, the College Fix noted.

Then Devlin set down the gauntlet: "I have some bad news for you, Berkeley: We will never waiver in our fight for free speech, and Ben is coming to Berkeley whether you like it or not".

Is that true though?

"We decided not to wait for (Berkeley College Republicans') response (to the email), so we went ahead and checked on those venues regardless", Mogulof said in the interview.

"Using ridiculous pretexts to keep conservatives from speaking is unsurprising but disappointing", Shapiro told national conservative group Young America's Foundation. "These venues include smaller spaces on the date requested and larger venues on other dates in September".

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