- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 27, 2017

Former Breitbart News editor Milo Yiannopoulos has announced he’s planning a weeklong free speech event at the University of California at Berkeley this September, vowing to make the public campus the “free speech capital” of the United States once again.

Mr. Yiannopoulos wrote in a Facebook post Wednesday that the event seeks to “humiliate” the university for failing to protect conservative voices, including himself and most recently, Ann Coulter.

Ms. Coulter was forced to cancel her appearance this week after university officials cited “very specific intelligence” of threats of violence against the conservative author and students. It came nearly three months after Mr. Yiannopoulos’s event at the campus was cut short due to an outbreak of violent protests.

“Awful to see my friend Ann Coulter forced to cancel her speech,” Mr. Yiannopoulos wrote. “My proposed Free Speech Week will proceed as planned later this year. I WILL BRING AN ARMY IF I HAVE TO. We will ensure that Ann and others can speak and we will publicly, ritually humiliate UC Berkeley for its failure to meet its legal obligations until conservative speakers no longer fear violent mobs just for exercising their First Amendment rights.

“Berkeley is going to become the free speech capital of the United States once again. I will make sure of it,” he concluded.

Mr. Yiannopoulos told The Washington Post in a phone interview that he has the funds to bring his “army” to Berkeley, as well as provide for his own security to ensure his event does not get scrapped again.

“And if the university refuses to actively help us in planning it or tries to block us, we will make it even longer, a monthlong rally, not just one week,” he said.

Mr. Yiannopoulos said he plans to invite a number of speakers to hold a continuous protest on the famed Sproul Plaza, where the 1960s Free Speech Movement was born, The Post reported. He said he plans to install a permanent security team in order to ensure people’s safety.

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