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People protest the appearance of Breitbart News editor Milo Yiannopoulos on Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017, in Berkeley, Calif. The University of California at Berkeley is bracing for major protests Wednesday against Yiannopoulos, a polarizing Breitbart News editor, on the last stop of a tour aimed at defying what he calls an epidemic of political correctness on college campuses. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

Trump threatened UC-Berkeley's federal funding after last night's violent protests


UPDATE 6:44 a.m.:  Donald Trump weighs in on the violent Berkeley protests.

The University of California, Berkeley in a statement blamed "150 masked agitators" for the violence, saying they had come to campus to disturb an otherwise peaceful protest.

At least six people were injured after more than 1,500 protesters gathered at the student union to protest Wednesday night's speaking event with Brietbart News editor Milo Yiannopoulos.

No arrests had been made by campus police as of 9:30 p.m.

Yiannopoulos posted on his verified Facebook page in response to the cancelled event.

Here is a statement from the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE):

"The use of mob violence to respond to constitutionally protected expression is an affront to our nation’s liberal traditions. And as so often happens, it has also proven deeply counterproductive, sabotaging its apparent aim. Instead of silencing Yiannopoulos, the violent response ensured that his message was broadcast nationwide."

Who are the black-masked culprits?

According to the University, the protest was peaceful before a black-clad mob of a few dozen started breaking windows and setting fires at the campus in a form of "black bloc" protesting.

"Black bloc" protesting is a tactic that protesters have long used to remain anonymous at demonstrations, to achieve both violent and nonviolent ends.

WATCH |  Black bloc demonstrators turned out by the hundreds at Trump’s inauguration in January, vandalizing a Starbucks and a Bank of America and torching a limousine in downtown Washington. Here's footage of the destruction from the day. 

[Original story]

Nearly 1,000 students protested at University of California, Berkeley, Wednesday evening in defiance of a now-canceled event with Breitbart News editor Milo Yiannopoulos, according to KRON4. The campus has since been placed on lockdown. 

At 6 pm local time, demonstrators were breaking down metal barriers, windows and hurling smoke bombs and started a bonfire. 

Protesters were reportedly throwing fireworks and explosives at police, who responded with tear gas. 

California law enforcement officials warned students to stay away.

Yiannopoulos is a prominent member of the alt-right movement and an avid supporter of President Donald Trump. He was banned from Twitter after igniting a harassment campaign against "Ghostbusters" actress Leslie Jones.

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