From: breitbart.com, by Tom Ciccotta, on Apr 21, 2017
Berkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguin is a member of the anti-fascist Facebook group, By Any Means Necessary, which orchestrated the riots that occurred ahead of a scheduled lecture by Milo Yiannopoulos.
Berkley Mayor Jesse Arreguin was revealed to be a member of the anti-fascist group, By Any Means Necessary (BAMN), on Facebook. BAMN orchestrated the violence that shut down a scheduled lecture at UC Berkeley featuring Milo Yiannopoulos in early 2017. Arreguin is allegedly also friends with BAMN leader, Yvette Felarca, on Facebook.
Yvette Felarca defended the violence that occurred ahead of Yiannopoulos’ scheduled event in a local television interview following the riots.
BAMN was investigated for engaging in terrorist activities in 2005 by the FBI. In 2009, the Department of Defense classified the group’s activities as “low-level terrorism.” In June 2016, BAMN led a violent counter-protest outside a white nationalist rally that resulted in ten people being hospitalized with stab wounds.
Often described as a “militant left-wing” activist group, BAMN frequently engages in violent forms of protests. A Berkeley newspaper noted in 2001 that the group was a front for an “an obscure Detroit-based Trotskyist political party called the Revolutionary Workers League.”
Breitbart News has reached out to Mayor Arreguin for comment.
Tom Ciccotta is a libertarian who writes about economics and higher education for Breitbart News. You can follow him on Twitter @tciccotta or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org
So apparently, the Mayor of Berkeley and the police conspired to prevent the exercise of free speech at the University. And now we know why. He’s part of the problem, not the solution.
When Milo Yiannopoulos tried to speak at the University of California, Berkeley in February, police stood down and watched as a group of about 150 rioters overtook peaceful protesters and used metal rods, Molotov cocktails, and commercial-grade fireworks to destroy parts of downtown Berkeley. The rioters used what were called “Black Bloc” tactics, where mask-wearing rioters dressed head-to-toe in dark clothing and using crude weapons to attack people vandalize property.
They call themselves “Antifa” for “anti-fascists” when it’s plain that they are the fascists. That’s typical of the left; that they assign labels that sound good and promise much but are meaningless when it comes to actually describing the group’s real purpose. For example, take “By Any Means Necessary.” That phrase implies to me that they will stop at nothing to accomplish their goals and it’s apparent by their actions so far, that they are prepared to be violent.
Whatever happened to peaceful protests?