BERKELEY — The student group behind a “Free Speech Week” expected to bring Milo Yiannopoulos and other conservative speakers to UC Berkeley later this month has lost access to at least two of the venues it hoped to rent for the event because it didn’t come up with the payments in time, a university spokesman said.
“While Berkeley Patriot did, at the last minute, sign the necessary contracts for these venues late in the day on Friday, 9/15, the student organization failed to fully secure its reservations by submitting the necessary payments by the 5 p.m. deadline,” campus spokesman Dan Mogulof said in an email Saturday afternoon.
The news fuels questions about whether the event, scheduled for Sept. 24-27, will actually take place.
While Milo Yiannopoulos has pointed to what he says is a lineup of confirmed speakers, including ousted White House chief strategist Steve Bannon and conservative firebrand Ann Coulter, the university said Saturday the student group missed three deadlines to secure the venues, Zellerbach and Wheeler auditoriums.
The group has so far failed to file all the necessary forms with campus police, Mogulof said, and to show proof that speakers are confirmed. And several speakers identified by Yiannopoulos as confirmed told the school they did not intend to participate in the event.
“This failure to confirm, combined with the refusal to provide unqualified speaker lists and schedules has led the campus to question whether Berkeley Patriot actually intends to, and/or is able to,…
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