UC Berkeley flip-flops on Ann Coulter, proposes May date

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Cliff Owen/ AP In this Feb. 12, 2011, file image, Ann Coulter waves to the audience after speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington.

Thursday, April 20, 2017|3:56 p.m.

BERKELEY, Calif.– University of California, Berkeley authorities stated Thursday they have a “serious concern” of violence on school if Ann Coulter follows through on her threat to speak next week at the university.

Chancellor Nicholas B. Dirks instead proposed an alternate Might 2 date for the conservative author.

Dirks said police have “extremely particular intelligence concerning threats that might pose a serious threat to the speaker,” her audience and protesters and advised Coulter to come speak at the later date instead.

School Republicans welcomed Coulter to speak at Berkeley April 27 on the subject of unlawful migration.

On Wednesday, UC Berkeley authorities revealed they were was aborting the occasion since of security concerns, triggering Coulter to state she plans to come anyhow.

Dirks said Thursday that Coulter’s response led him to launch a broadened look for an “proper, protectable venue.”

Young America’s Foundation, a conservative group that books Coulter’s campus speeches, did not right away respond to an ask for remark Thursday.

Berkeley has been the website of clashes in between far-right and far-left protesters, most recently at a rally last weekend hired assistance of President Donald Trump in downtown Berkeley.

In February, masked agitators shut down a speaking event by Milo Yiannopoulos, a former editor of the conservative Breitbart News website.

University spokesman Dan Mogulof stated school authorities found out that some of the groups that appeared to be accountable for the violence last weekend and at the Yiannopoulos occasion “planned to target the appearance of Ann Coulter on school.”

In a letter to Berkeley College Republicans this week, university officials stated they could not guarantee the safety of Coulter, audience members or protesters expected at the event.

“We have been not able to find a safe and appropriate venue,” stated the letter from Vice Chancellor Scott Biddy and Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Stephen Sutton. “Given existing active security dangers, it is not possible to ensure that the occasion could be held effectively.”

Coulter responded with a string of messages on Twitter, stating “I WILL BE SPEAKING NEXT THURSDAY.”

She did not right away react on social networks after the university proposed the brand-new May 2 date Thursday.

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