Protests turn violent on Berkeley Campus and Streets, Democrats and Republicans blame eachother

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Protests have turned violent on UC Berkeley's campus and surrounding streets after large groups of masked protesters joined the demonstrations and began hurling rocks through business windows, burning trash and cars, and reeking havoc on the Berkeley streets. The demonstrations began in protest of Breitbart Editor Milo Yiannopoulous, who was set to speak at the Berkeley campus. Starting February 1st, UC Berkely gave Yiannopoulous a major forum to speak to students, yet was shortly cancelled after what Robert Reich called "masked agitators" began throwing Molotov cocktails and tearing the city apart.

The Two (Opposite) Conspiracy Theories to explain the "masked thugs".

Both Democrats and Republicans seem to have developed convincing conspiracy theories to pass the blame for these violent rioters on to each other.

Democrats Conspiracy: Yiannopoulous and Steven Bannon planted the masked thugs

Reich claims that both Yiannopoulous and Steve Bannon are behind things turning violent in Berkely. Bannon ran Breitbart before joining Trump's administration as strategy, therefore Reich believes there is an underlying connection between the "agitators" and Bannon. On his website, Reich asks readers to "connect the dots" for themselves, as he points out Breitbart posted an article saying Yiannopoulous "will call for withdrawal of federal grants and the prosecution of university officials who endanger their students with their policies." Reich continues, saying that after police cancelled Yiannopoulous's speech, Trump tweeted out accusing Berkeley of not allowing free speech and threatening to withhold funds. Next, Reich says Yiannopoulous went on FOX the next night, saying how the incident proves Berkeley doesn't deserve federal funding.




However, while Reich's claims seem plausible, there may be another reason he's determined to pass the blame on to Yiannopoulous and Breitbart News. The night Yiannopoulous spoke out against Berkeley on FOX, Reich was on CNN saying that it is likely Yiannopoulous and Bannon are behind the masked agitators, as he said; "I wouldn't bet against it." The next day, Breitbart fired back at Reich for his outlandish claims that "right-wing conservatives" are behind the Berkeley protests.

Republican Conspiracy: George Soros and Berkeley adminstrators set up the protests

Conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh also chimed in on Reich's claims, saying “The labor secretary, former labor secretary, Robert B. Reich,” said Rush, “claims that the protesters in Berkeley were actually hired by Breitbart. That it was a Breitbart false flag. They weren’t really leftists that were doing this. Go to the audio sound bites. Last night on CNN Tonight, Don Lemon speaking with the former Secretary of Labor for Clinton, said, “The violence we saw at Berkeley, it plays right into the hands of the right-wing white supremacists, you know, the people at Breitbart. What do you think about that, Mr. Secretary?”

Limbaugh continued, blaming Soros for the masked thugs and claiming the Democrats are deflecting the blame onto the Republicans. “They don’t want anybody to think that these protesters in Berkeley that blew that place up were Democrats. They don’t want ’em to think it’s leftist students. Why do they not want to embrace them, encourage them, and claim credit? What is there to gain by blaming this on Breitbart? Don Lemon, now thoroughly intrigued, said, “You think this is a strategy by Milo Yiannopoulos or right wingers? Did they put this on in an effort to show that there’s no free speech on a college campus like Berkeley? The right wingers did this?””


“These people are losing their minds. “I was there! I was there! They were all dressed in black! I’ve not seen this before.”" Rush said, mocking Reich's time on CNN. He continued, saying "There’s a name for these people. They’re Black Rock or something, and they are well-known leftists associated with George Soros. They come in in all black and they hide their faces. Many of them are not students. That’s the point. They are bought and paid for! (laughing) But here is Reich (paraphrased), “I was there! I saw them! These were right wingers, sure as I’m sitting here with you, Don!” 
However, some Republicans have formed a conspiracy theory for themselves that put the blame fully on Democrats, as well as Berkeley University, as well.
In a theory that seemed to have developed earlier today, Republicans are wagering that multiple Facebook and Twitter groups involving UC Berkeley administrators and students deliberately planned the riots weeks before Yiannopoulous's speech. A commenter on The Blaze, which has received over 33,000 points, breaks it all down, saying:
Because the university was behind the riots… From the information people have crowd-sourced from Facebook groups, e-mails, and testimonies of students, the university has been conspiring to shut down this event from the moment it was proposed. Professors offered extra credit to students who protested and attempted to shut down the event. - Apparently the university itself imposed something like a $6,500 fee on the students who organized the event and told them they cannot graduate unless they pay it or cancel the event. They imposed this fee less than a week before the event happened, making it impossible for the students to come up with that kind of money in time. An anonymous donor paid the fee on their behalf, and so the event was allowed to continue. So when news got out that somebody had paid the fee to get around the university-level shutdown, professors and left-wing students organized Facebook groups to go protest and shut down the event with violence. - The majority of this violence was led by a group called Antifa, who claim to be anti-fascists, but who are actually fascists themselves: going around shutting down free speech events and literally burning books written by people they disagree with.
Tonight, multiple Conservative talk-show radio hosts and journalists claimed Berkely protesters were offering students extra credit and even a 100 percent grade average for protesting and demonstrating in defiance of Donald Trump. However, that claim has not been founded.

Another Conservative commented that the people behind this riot were called "Antifa", and just as Limbaugh said, were organized by billionaire George Soros, a man who has been in the spotlight almost every time for what some say his motives are political gain. Other Republicans are pushing for the federal funds to be cut off to Berkeley, citing that faculty and administrators are more than likely involved.

While both sides arguments are seemingly convincing, all logical points are unfounded and nobody seems to present any real facts. What's for sure is the Berkeley protests are in defiance of Republican Donald Trump, and are continuing for the fourth day straight as the clock hits midnight.

By Michael Marsh

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