Milo Yiannopoulos’ Security Cost UC Berkeley $800,000

by Patrick Strickland – US university grappling with budget cuts and layoffs spends sum on security for far-right speaker’s 15-minute rally. After student organizers of the Berkeley “Free Speech Week” cancelled their events, far-right media personality Milo Yiannopoulos vowed to hold a rally of his own. WATCH: Violence breaks out at opposing rallies in Berkeley campus (02:10) Yiannopoulos’ appearance at the steps of the University of California’s Sproul Plaza on Sunday was brief. After 15 minutes, Yiannopoulos’ security guards drove him off, local media reported. The university said security precautions for the event, which involved officers from eight different law enforcement agencies, cost $800,000. Along with far-right author Mike Cernovich and anti-Muslim figure Pamela Geller, Yiannopoulos addressed around 150 supporters who had gathered to hear him speak. “It feels like probably the most expensive photo op in the university’s history,” said UC Berkeley spokesman Dan Mogulof, according to The Mercury News. The sum spent...

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