Far-right protesters marched from UC Berkeley through the city's streets on Tuesday to protest the cancellation of “Free Speech Week," which was called off by its student organizers even before it began.
"Until the politicians in the city respect free speech, we will continue to come down here," said Joey Gibson, head of Patriot Prayer, an anti-government group based in Oregon.
On Friday, student group Berkeley Patriot told KQED it was scrapping the four-day event, which had been billed as featuring controversial conservative commentators, including Milo Yiannopoulos, who briefly appeared on campus Sunday. The student group didn't elaborate on the cancellation, but KQED earlier reported that Berkeley Patriot was concerned as early as a month ago that it would be unable to pull off the high-profile event, which was supposed to start Sunday.
It wasn't clear if Gibson had planned for Patriot Prayer to be part of the week. On Monday, he announced the Tuesday protest on Facebook Live.
“It only takes one person to stand up for free speech,” he said, urging people to show up with a “positive attitude.”