Berkeley mayor asks Cal to cancel conservatives’ "Free Speech Week"

In the aftermath of a right-wing rally that ended with anarchists chasing attendees from a downtown park, Berkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguin urged UC Berkeley on Monday to cancel conservatives’ plans for a “Free Speech Week” next month to avoid making the city the center of more violent unrest.

“I don’t want Berkeley being used as a punching bag,” said Arreguin, whose city has been the site of several showdowns this year between the left and its fringe anarchist wing on the one hand, and supporters of President Trump who at times have included white nationalists on the other.

“I am concerned about these groups using large protests to create mayhem,” Arreguin said. “It’s something we have seen in Oakland and in Berkeley.”