College Republicans at the University of California, Berkeley are planning to hand out plastic snowflakes to protesters at an event tonight featuring conservative pundit Milo Yiannopoulos.
The event, scheduled as part of Yiannopoulos’s “Dangerous Faggot Tour,” saw intense backlash from campus socialists. Angry students took to social media to protest the speaker as a “racist,” while others sent letters to the campus administration demanding the school shut Yiannopoulos’s event down before it begins Wednesday night.
One event on Facebook, titled, “No Milo Yiannopoulos at UC Berkeley,” was quickly scheduled for the same time and location on campus as the event itself, drawing almost ten times more RSVP’s from protesters than actual event attendees.
One protester sent an anonymous letter to the UC Police Department threatening the life of student Jose Diaz, CR president and organizer of the event.
“The pig administration better not let Milo speak at UC Berkeley,” the letter reads. “It’s time that they realize whose campus this belongs to. You can protect Milo but you will not be able to protect Jose Diaz.”
Troy Worden, a CR member and student, told Red Alert Politics his group decided to distribute snowflakes to any protesters who might be at the event in response to this violent threat.
“That was in responses to all the abuse we’ve received on campus,” he said. “We thought this would be a way to make the protesters realize that they’re taking themselves too seriously by advocating this violence.”
500 tickets to the event were sold out within two nights. Worden thinks some of those tickets may have been purchased by protesters.
“A lot of these protesters will be angry,” he said. “We’re hoping that besides people advocating violence there’ll be peaceful protesters. And I’m thinking of a contingency plan. We’ve taken many security cautions.”
An anonymous donor granted $6,000 to pay for the school’s security fee at the event. The Berkeley College Republicans say they are grateful for the grant, but they do not know who their sponsor is.