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Ann Coulter vows to speak at Berkeley despite cancellation

Controversial conservative pundit Ann Coulter's appearance at University of California Berkeley has been cancelled after fears of riots returning to the school.

We understand that earlier this evening our Dean of Students, Joseph Greenwell, informed your leadership that despite extensive efforts on the part of UCPD and the staff within Student Affairs, we have been unable to find a safe and suitable venue for your planned April 27 event featuring Ann Coulter.

UC-Berkeley issued a series of demands required for Coulter to speak on their campus, according to Young Americans for Freedom, the event sponsors.

Later Wednesday she appeared on Fox News and told Tucker Carlson, "I'm definitely giving the speech", adding on Twitter that she would speak next Thursday.

"Yes, it was officially banned", Coulter said, according to the report.

In an email sent to students Wednesday, UC-Berkeley Dean of Students Joseph Greenwell explained that the university had to scrap the event because they couldn't provide a "safe and suitable venue".

In its letter, the university said the students and officials could work together to reschedule the event for a later date.

A recent demonstration supporting President Donald Trump in Berkeley exploded into a vicious melee when a barrier separating white supremacists and counter-demonstrators broke, resulting in at least 20 arrests. In February, university officials canceled a planned event by Milo Yiannopoulos, the media provocateur and former writer for the Breitbart.

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University spokesman Dan Mogulof said concern about security during the event mounted last week after posters appeared on the walls of campus buildings threatening disruptions. "They can't stop me", she told the Hollywood Reporter.

"Unfortunately, (campus police) determined that, given now active security threats, it is not possible to assure that the event could be held successfully", according to a letter sent to the student group.

Organizers of the event released their own statement Wednesday, expressing discontentment at the change in plans.

Berkeley College Republicans did not immediately respond to request for comment. We expect most Mondays and Tuesdays in September during the day should work, though we will of course need to work through the details.

The school was forced to cancel the event and place the school on a campus-wide lockdown over growing protests.

Group members have stressed that they have "no intention of acceding to these unconstitutional acts".

Coulter said those requirements included that she make her speech in the middle of the day, that the event only be open to students, and that the venue she'd be speaking at wouldn't be announced until the last minute.

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