DePaul University fell into chaos Tuesday night after liberal activists hijacked a College Republicans event that featured Milo Yiannopoulos as a speaker.Yiannopoulos, a British writer for Breitbart News, has been visiting colleges across the U.S. on his “Dangerous Faggot Tour” (Yiannopoulos is a rather flamboyant homosexual). Yiannopoulos’ often-provocative rhetoric has provoked outrage at many of the campuses he has visited, and DePaul was no exception.
The event, held at a packed auditorium, began without incident. But just under 20 minutes in, as Yiannopoulos was ridiculing the idea of “microaggressions,” a group of Black Lives Matter demonstrators stormed the stage and derailed the entire event.
“We have heard enough of this foolishness,” declared the apparent leader of the protest, who appears to be DePaul student Edward Ward. “Every time you hear this foolishness, it’s followed by the blood on somebody else’s heads. Dump the Trump!”
The activists frequently blew a whistle in an attempt to drown out others in the room and exert control, but this was only partially successful, creating an environment of chants, counterchants, and isolated outbursts that continued for several minutes.
Eventually, an organizer with the College Republicans announced that the police had been called and anybody refusing to leave the stage would be arrested. Even this failed to end the disruption, as several protesters refused to leave the stage, and when security arrived, they apparently refused to make arrests. This failure to enforce order occurred even though DePaul had imposed a last-minute $1,000 security fee on the College Republicans to hold Yiannopoulos’s event.
Yiannopoulos himself ridiculed the protest as relatively weak while throwing out his own incendiary jokes.
“This is a very low standard of protest. At Rutgers, they at least brought paint,” he said. “You know, I worked out why there are so many black girls here. I think it’s because I fucked their brothers.”
Later, he guessed that the disruption would last another 20 minutes, quipping that “the statistics for black incarceration are about to go up.”
Later, a black woman came up on stage and managed to get a microphone, and used this as an opportunity to berate the protesters for being disrespectful.
“You’re being lazy and disrespectful, and I’m pretty sure your parents didn’t raise you to be lazy and disrespectful,” she said to cheers from the crowd, while a protester whistled in her face.
Finally, after about a half hour of chaos, Yiannopoulos said there was no prospect of the event being completed as planned, and he announced that he would instead individually greet each attendee outside. Protesters and Yiannopoulos backers continued to loudly argue at the center of the stage for several additional minutes before the auditorium finally cleared out.
The situation outside was no less chaotic, though, with many anti-Yiannopoulos protesters crowding the streets before and after the event. Sometimes the situation even grew mildly violent, with several witnesses likening it to a riot. One video uploaded to Twitter, for instance, shows the cameraman joke about a protester’s weight and subsequently get attacked by a woman who calls him a “fucking racist.”
— Matt Forney (@basedmattforney) May 25, 2016
Periscope user Andrew Coffey also obtained several minutes of video showing the chaotic scene after the gathering concluded.
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