- The Washington Times - Friday, September 22, 2017

Provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos’ “Free Speech Week,” which is designed to test UC Berkeley’s mettle against left-wing antifa protesters, will also feature a film titled “America Under Siege: Antifa.”

A slew of conservative speakers who are expected to maneuver through Berkeley crowds Sunday through Wednesday will bring with them a new movie that specifically challenges the college’s black-clad — and often violent — protesters.

The premiere of “America Under Siege: Antifa” comes in the wake of conservative author Ben Shapiro’s Sept. 14 speech, which racked up roughly $600,000 in security fees.

“Our new film represents the most in-depth look yet at Amerca’s most infamous modern-day movement and its disturbing impact on American society,” said Jake Klein, the film’s producer, THR reported Friday.

This is the second time this year that Mr. Yiannopoulos will attempt to speak at Berkeley. His initial visit to the campus on Feb. 1 ended prematurely when crowds of so-called anti-fascists started setting fires and destroyed nearly $100,000 worth of property.

A $23-million lawsuit was then filed in June by student Kiara Robles, who was pepper-sprayed during riots.

The university expects security for “Free Speech Week” to cost upwards of $1 million, THR reported.

“America Under Siege: Antifa” is produced by Dangerous Documentaries, the same group that made “No Safe Space,” a documentary with comedian Adam Carolla and radio host Dennis Prager. 

Update: Mr. Kline issued a statement on Saturday saying “America Under Siege: Antifa” will be shown despite the Berkeley Patriot — the student group that organized “Free Speech Week” — deciding to rescind its sponsorship at the last minute.

“I’m extremely disappointed by the cancellation of this screening and ‘Free Speech Week’ as a whole,” Mr. Klein said. “This is a major blow to the First Amendment, which will hopefully be remedied in court. The fear of violence at this event, which was key to its cancellation, does not lie at our hands nor with anyone else involved in organizing it. That fear lies at the hands of those who would and have used violence. Let’s be clear: Antifa shut down a film screening criticizing Antifa through fear.”

The movie will still be shown on One America News Network this week and streamed for free online.

• Douglas Ernst can be reached at dernst@washingtontimes.com.

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