‘Free Speech is Not Hate Speech’: Ben Shapiro’s Speech at UC Berkeley Causes Uproar

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A protester holds a "Stand Against Antifa" sign, which was also bedazzled and said "LGBTQ," during a demonstration outside of Zellerbach Hall on the UC Berkeley campus. (Sept. 14, 2017)
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Hannah Benjamin, 20, of Fremont, was arrested by Alameda County sheriff's deputies during a demonstration outside Zellerbach Hall on the UC Berkeley campus. Berkeley police said she is suspected of committing battery on a police officer and carrying a banned weapon. (Sept. 14, 2017)
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A Berkeley police officer confronts a protester for having an unauthorized sign during a demonstration while conservative commentator Ben Shapiro gave a speech. (Sept. 14, 2017)
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California highway patrol officers were among the throng of law enforcement officers who stood guard at UC Berkeley to combat possible political violence. (Sept. 14, 2017)
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A message written on the ground in chalk differentiates between free speech and hate speech. Berkeley is considered the birthplace of the Free Speech Movement, but has recently drawn rioters from the far-left and far-right. (Sept. 14, 2017)
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A banner decries white supremacy from the window of a building across Zellerbach Hall where former Breitbart News editor Ben Shapiro was talking about "fighting campus thuggery." (Sept. 14, 2017)
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A protester held a "Stand Against Antifa" sign at UC Berkeley. The East Bay city has become a hotbed of political violence this year. (Sept. 14, 2017)
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Sarah Roark, 44, of San Francisco, was arrested by Alameda County sheriff's deputy. Berkeley police said she carrying a banned weapon near Bancroft Way and Bowditch Street. (Sept. 14, 2017)
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A protester held a sign in front of a line of people waiting to enter Zellerbach Hall where the topic of Ben Shapiro's speech was "thuggery" on university campuses. (Sept. 14, 2017)
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UC Berkleley students stage a demonstration on campus, accusing university officials of protecting fascism instead of them. (Sept. 14, 2017)
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T-shirts for sale were put on display as protesters assembled at UC Berkeley. (Sept. 14, 2017)
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Protesters watch political activists speak during a demonstration against political speaker Ben Shapiro, who in fact welcomed them and their right to free speech. (Sept. 14, 2017)
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People filing in to Zellerbach Hall for a Ben Shapiro speech that Berkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguin had pushed to have canceled. His request was not honored by university officials because they are bound to uphold the First Amendment for people of all political standings. (Sept. 14, 2017)
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California highway patrol officers were stationed outside Zellerbach Hall before and during a controversial speech by Ben Shapiro. Law enforcement officials quickly arrested people who stepped out of line, keeping chaos at bay. (Sept. 14, 2017)
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Hundreds of protesters, some of whom are seen chanting, descended on UC Berkeley. (Sept. 14, 2017)
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Two days before Ben Shapiro's planned speech, Berkeley Police Chief Andrew Greenwood made the case that officers are restricted by the city's 20-year-old ban on pepper spray. The City Council voted 6-3 in favor of police using pepper spray to subdue violent protesters. (Sept. 14, 2017)
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A protester wears USA body paint during a demonstration outside Zellerbach Hall amid a heavy police presence. (Sept. 14, 2017)
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UC Berkeley spent an estimated $600,000 on enhanced security measures to protect the campus and community from possible unrest. (Sept. 14, 2017)
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Berkeley police officers stand guard on a roof next to Zellerbach Hall as night fell. (Sept. 14, 2017)
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