Ann Coulter vows to speak at Berkeley despite cancellation

Violent protests also led to then-Breitbart writer Milo Yiannopoulos, a member of the internet "alt-right", being taken away from an event at Berkeley in February when masked protesters began smashing windows. This comes just after UC Berkeley officials told UC Berkeley College Republicans and the Young America's Foundation that it could not accommodate Coulter's visit next Thursday after heightened security concerns following protests as recently as this past weekend.

Coulter said the school attached a series of conditions to her April 27 appearance: She had to deliver her speech in the afternoon, only students could attend and the speech location would not be announced until close to the event.

"We have been unable to find a safe and suitable venue", officials wrote in a letter to the campus Republicans on Wednesday.

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) - University of California, Berkeley officials said Thursday they have a "grave concern" of violence on campus if Ann Coulter follows through on her threat to speak next week at the university.

Neither Coulter nor UC Berkeley had addressed the issue on Twitter by 1 p.m. Wednesday.

She said she accepted the terms but the school called off the event anyway.

In the letter sent to UC Berkeley's Vice Chancellor Sutton, the law firm claimed that the university was violating the First Amendment.

"We have been unable to find a safe and suitable venue for your planned April 27 event featuring Ann Coulter", Bekeley's vice chancellors told the two groups who were set to co-host the event.

While Registered Student Organizations like yours are independent from the University, and have the right to invite whoever they'd like to speak here, the campus retains responsibility for ensuring safety and security during such events.

For that reason, when we learned through the newspapers that you had invited Ms. Coulter to speak here on April 27th, we immediately asked UCPD to conduct a comprehensive review of potential sites and security arrangements.

Chancellor Nicholas Dirks, at the podium, addresses the press at a campus news conference.

In an email to theLos Angeles Times, UC Berkeley spokesman Dan Mogulof said there have been threats against the event. "UC-Berkeley has for example, welcomed the corrupt former President of Mexico, Vicente Fox, who has cursed at and mocked Donald Trump, now the President of the United States".