Ever since President Trump placed his right hand on the bible and said the oath that would swear him into office, the U.S. has seen many protests in response to his political views. With people protesting at the Women’s March on Jan. 21 and in airports across the country against the recent travel ban which was enacted on Jan. 27, it is apparent that these protests are because of Trump’s plan for the future of the country, emphasizing the discontent with Trump. All of these protests have been relatively tame — but the UC Berkeley protest on Feb. 1 was unlike the rest.
Initially, a protest was held on campus by Berkeley students to act out against Breitbart senior editor Milo Yiannopoulos. Yiannopoulos was supposed to speak at the campus as he was invited by the Berkeley Conservative Republicans. The protest at first was peaceful, with students chanting “Hate speech isn’t free speech”; however, a small group of anarchists known as Black Bloc began to vandalize the campus and the surrounding area — the peaceful protest became a full blown riot.
The group of Berkeley Conservative Republicans was just a small group of students on an otherwise heavily liberal campus. Read below to find what MVHS alumni who now attend Berkeley had to say about the ordeal.