- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Students at Rutgers University smeared themselves with fake blood to protest a speech given by Milo Yiannopoulos, a gay British conservative who writes for Breitbart News.

Mr. Yiannopoulos, 32, appeared Tuesday night at Rutgers as part of his controversial “Dangerous Faggot” tour of U.S. colleges. His speech at the public New Jersey university drew about 450 students, Campus Reform reported.

At least 10 student protesters from the group RU Speak Out and other campus organizations stood up in the middle of Mr. Yiannopoulos’ speech after one protester shouted, “This man represents hatred,” the school’s official student newspaper The Daily Targum reported.

Video taken from the event showed the protesters smearing fake blood all over themselves. They then started chanting “Black lives matter” and Yiannopoulos supporters countered by chanting “Trump.” The group left the room together, but an additional 40 protesters stayed for the remainder of the event, The Daily Targum reported. Another video of the incident showed the fake blood-stained protesters raising their middle fingers to other students as they left.

“We must, unlike the left, engage in the other side of the argument,” Mr. Yiannopoulos said during his speech. “I noticed that when they were asked questions, they left the room.”

One of the protesters, junior Nyuma Waggeh, later told the Daily Targum that “freedom of speech is a responsibility,”

“[Rutgers groups] should not be inviting anyone like [Mr. Yiannopoulos] because what we stand for is inclusion and diversity,” she said. “If a speaker makes someone feel unsafe or uncomfortable, then they should not come to campus.”

Matthew Boyer, president of Young Americans for Liberty’s Rutgers chapter, said his group invited Mr. Yiannopoulos as a speaker to expose students to opinions that do not align with their own.

“No matter how provocative or taboo the speech may be, there’s still a value to that speech,” Mr. Boyer told the Daily Targum. “I think it’s really important to hear people come speak, even if you don’t agree with them.”

Before the event, Mr. Boyer emphasized the Q&A portion of Mr. Yiannopoulos’ speech as a way for students to discuss their differences civilly. A number of protesters took advantage of the opportunity, the Daily Targum reported.

“If you have a question, come and formulate them, don’t just shout them out,” Mr. Boyer said. “That’s such an easy way out of the debate.”

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