FILE – In this Feb. 4, 2016 file photo, pharmaceutical chief Martin Shkreli speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington, during the House Committee on Oversight and Reform Committee hearing on a decision by his former company, Turing Pharmaceuticals, a significant increase of the price of the anti-parasitic medication Daraprim. Heated protests at the University of California, Davis notified of the cancellation of the scheduled speeches by extreme right-wing commentator Milo Yiannopoulos and former pharmaceutical executive Shkreli shortly before the event was to begin. The university police put up barricades as protesters yelling “shut down” grew increasingly loud in the hours prior to the calls on Friday night, Jan. 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
DAVIS, California. – Speeches by extreme right-wing commentator Milo Yiannopoulos (yuh-NAH’-poh-lihs) and former pharmaceutical executive Martin Shkreli were cancelled after violent protests erupted at the University of California, Davis.
The university police put up barricades as protesters yelling “shut down” grew increasingly loud in the hours leading up to the Friday night talk. The UC Davis College Republicans, who sponsored the event, chose to cancel.
Yiannopoulos writes for right-wing Breitbart News and is permanently banned from Twitter after leading a campaign against harassment “Ghostbusters” actress Leslie Jones. He said on his Facebook page that the event was cancelled after the “violence of the left-wing protesters.”
But the campus police said there was no violence or property destruction, and no arrests were made.
The school’s Interim Chancellor Ralph Hexter said that he was “deeply disappointed” by the protests and cancellation.