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Death threats for Trump supporter at Florida university
 
Thursday, September 29, 2016
by Martin Barillas
 
According to the Breitbart news website, the FBI is investigating what the agency has called a credible threat against an event to be headlined by Milo Yiannopoulos, the celebrity editor of Breitbart. Because of the threat against the planned event at Florida Atlantic University, the event for today was canceled. 
 
Campus police said today that student organizers of the event had received a message that threatened to bring firearms or explosives to the event venue. Threats were made against FAU students, too. This morning, the FBI contacted Florida Atlantic University and recommended the cancellation. The university agreed. The university did not identify the source of the threat.
 
In an email to the press, a university spokesperson said that the threats to Yiannopoulos' visit to FAU’s Boca Raton campus were not considered general threats to the university. The investigation is ongoing. Yiannopoulos was to give a lecture entitled, “How Feminism Hurts Women.” He is an outspoken supporter of Donald Trump's candidacy and is known for his outspoken condemnation of political Islam. On the fringes of the Republican National Convention this summer, he held a party for supporters that featured activists Pamela Gellar and Geert Wilders.
 
Yesterday, The Daily Stormer – an anti-Semitic and racist website – heralded a “holy crusade” against Yiannopoulos, who it described as a “kike.” The readers of Stormer were encouraged to show up at Yiannopoulos’ events to cause disruption.
 
The 31-year-old British national grew up in England. Yiannapoulos has been described in press reports as a practicing Catholic. He was once a writer for the prestigious Catholic Herald of the UK, as well as the Daily Telegraph. When taunted about his own alleged anti-Semitism, he has said that his maternal grandmother was Jewish. He began writing for Breitbart two years ago, and became the website’s star writer. 
 
Leftists in various circles have sought to shut down debate on university and college campus and in public fora. Some have demanded so-called “safe spaces” where they are not to be confronted with ideas alien to the liking. For Yiannopoulos, this is not the first time one of his events has been canceled at the last minute. In June, a similar event at the University of Central Florida in Orlando was canceled due to threats of violence that were posted on social media, according to Breitbart.
 
Yiannopoulos was permanently banned from Twitter earlier this year after he encouraged users to tweet comments to actress Leslie Jones -- a black woman who appeared in a reprise of the classic "Ghostbusters" film. On his Facebook account, Yiannopoulos has said that his banning amounts to a declaration of “war on free speech.”


Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.


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