UC Berkeley Just Spent $9,000 on an "Escape Hatch" to Protect Chancellor from Violent Protesters

UC Berkeley Just Spent $9,000 on an "Escape Hatch" to Protect Chancellor from Violent Protesters

Nicholas Dirks is the poor excuse for a human being that was once Chancellor of UC Berkeley, home of the "free speech movement." In keeping with their "commitment" to our First Amendment rights, Dirks' administration has repeatedly taken action to keep conservative figures like Milo Yiannopoulos, Ann Coulter and Ben Shapiro from expressing their thoughts on campus.

When Yiannopolous was invited to UC Berkeley in February this year by the Berkeley College Republicans, he was met by waves of fascist thugs hurling fireworks and molotov cocktails, violently attacking anyone that supported him.

In a statement preceding the riots, Dirks declared:

“Indeed, we are saddened that anyone would use degrading stunts or verbal assaults on marginalized members of our society to promote a political platform.

Hate speech is like mold: Its enemies are bright light and fresh air.” This admonition may be more important in our current political moment than ever.”
— Nicholas Dirks

If what Yiannopoulos and other conservatives have to say is "hate speech," does that mean antifa thugs are "bright light and fresh air"?

A new piece from the Wall Street Journal describes the measures UC Berkeley is taking to protect their adminstrators from all that bright light and fresh air:

In a proposal requesting funding for the $9,000 security door, the chancellor’s office detailed the risk of “vandalism & malicious mischief” and a “high . . . level of probability of future loss or injury if [the] condition is not addressed.” The proposal noted that protesters had “rushed the building and attempted to occupy” the chancellor’s office in April 2015. “Staff people pushed to close the office doors while protestors pushed them open.”

Approval of the project was “GREAT NEWS” and provided “a more secure exit for the Chancellor and staff in the event of a serious, and possibly life-threatening emergency,” wrote Dee Middleton, building manager for the hall that houses the chancellor’s office, in a June 18, 2015 email.

After repeated vandalism and trespassing, the university also installed a $700,000 security fence around the home of Chancellor Nicholas Dirks. In April Mr. Dirks said his office’s “so-called escape hatch” was installed at the behest of nervous staffers, adding that while he personally felt safe on campus, “I do feel, though, that Berkeley is under siege.”
He has a point. In February rioting protesters prompted Berkeley to cancel a speech by blogger Milo Yiannopoulos and evacuate him from campus. Some of the masked activists set fires, threw Molotov cocktails, and tossed fireworks and rocks at university police.

Berkeley’s associate executive vice chancellor Phyllis Hoffman wrote on June 4, 2016 that administrators at “both [University of California] Santa Cruz and Davis talked about the level of trauma their staff has experienced,” adding that they were “fearful after some intrusive and aggressive student protests, similar to ours.”

Remember, this is a place leftists have declared the "home of free speech." A place where violent rioters and fascist animals are given license to burn and destroy, where the police are told to stand down as innocent people are viciously brutalized. Instead of stopping the terror, those charged with protecting the student body simply batten down their own hatches, lest they be forced to correct their precious narratives.

Let the students keep getting hurt. Let the properties continue to burn. Once again, UC Berkeley administrators have proven all they care about is themselves.

Stay alert. Stay alive.

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