Organizers of Far-Right Festival Failed to Complete Reservations for 2 Venues, UC Berkeley Officials Say

Milo Yiannopoulos speaks outside the offices of Simon & Schuster publishing company, July 7, 2017 in New York City after filing a $10 million legal complaint against the publisher following its decision to cancel his book deal. (Credit: Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Milo Yiannopoulos speaks outside the offices of Simon & Schuster publishing company, July 7, 2017 in New York City after filing a $10 million legal complaint against the publisher following its decision to cancel his book deal. (Credit: Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

UC Berkeley officials said Saturday that organizers of a far-right speakers’ series scheduled for later this month have missed the deadline to reserve two of the largest indoor venues on campus for the event, but that they will continue to work with organizers on planning for the festival.

“The University cannot defend spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to provide security arrangements for events” based on the press releases of organizers, Dan Mogulof, assistant vice chancellor of the university’s Office of Communications and Public Affairs, said in a statement.

Mogulof said the Berkeley Patriot student group that is working with right-wing provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos on the “Free Speech Week” festival had failed to meet the university’s requirements to reserve Wheeler Auditorium on Sept. 24 — the first day of the festival — and Zellerbach Auditorium on Sept. 27. He said organizers failed to submit the necessary payments to reserve the halls by 5 p.m. Friday.

Berkeley Patriot also failed to provide the university “with evidence that speakers are actually confirmed, such as e-mails, evidence of travel arrangements, or contracts,” Mogulof said. In both instances, the student organization missed three previous deadlines set by the university, he said.

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