BERKELEY, Calif. – A Berkeley middle school teacher who was accused of instigating a violent clash with neo-Nazis in Sacramento this summer is back at it, recorded in a deranged rant at a Berkeley protest against Milo Yiannopoulos shortly before violence erupted Wednesday.
Yvette Felarca, a social studies teacher at Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School, attended a protest against Yiannopoulos’ scheduled speech at the University of California Berkeley Wednesday, when she spoke out against the Breitbart senior editor’s controversial views and called on protesters to prevent him from speaking “by any means necessary.”
In a video posted to YouTube on Thursday, Felarca told protesters Yiannopoulos planned to partner with conservative writer David Horowitz to campaign against sanctuary cities, then encouraged her followers to take action.
“This is not about free speech,” Felarca said of Yiannopoulos’ Dangerous Faggot Tour. “These are not people who are interested in any genuine debate. They hide behind that hypocritically to try to shut up and put in our places women or Muslims or minorities or oppressed groups. But what they are really trying to do is they’re trying to assert their power, threaten us, intimidate us, rape us, kill us.
“This is real. This is life and death. This is not an abstract question of who’s theory are you interested in researching. This is about our lives right now. …
“I promise you, if we work together and we stay united, we can count on each other. We can shut this f***er down, we can get rid of Donald Trump,” she continued. “I know it, and when the Nazis tried to kill some of us, after we recovered, some of them threatened me and students at my school and tried to get me fired. But they didn’t succeed, and the students and the parents and the community rallied together and not only got me my job back but we’re stronger now, so we have got to stay united.”
She then issued marching orders to dozens of other radical leftists who converged on campus to shut down Yainnopoulos’ free speech tour “by any means necessary.”
“We have to keep tethered, keep chanting … keep your eyes open because if Yiannopoulos shows up in our rally, he’s six-foot-two, whether he’s got his blonde hair or brown hair or red hair or a hat, look out for him, because if he comes here we got to make clear to him directly to his face that he is not welcome and we will shut him down by any means necessary,” Felarca.
That was the same approach Felarca, a leader with the self-proclaimed “militant anti-facist group” By Any Means Necessary, used in June during a counter-protest to neo-Nazi rally in Sacramento.
At that event, Felarca allegedly shoved a man to the ground and instigated a brawl between the groups that ended with seven people stabbed, including two who were critically injured, the San Jose Mercury News reports.
Felarca’s involvement spawned calls from parents to remove her from her teaching position, but Berkeley Unified School District officials refused to take action.
“It’s one thing if it was during a school day, but she is on vacation,” district spokesman Mark Coplan said. “We don’t have any authority or business to judge what an employee does in her off time.”
The teacher’s comments on Wednesday seemed to spark a similar violent reaction from far-left activists on Berkeley’s campus to protest Yainnopoulos.
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Those who came to hear Yiannopoulos speak were beaten fists and flag poles by protesters, who also doused attendees with pepper spray, Breitbart reports.
Several folks at the event posted videos online highlighting the violence, as well as protesters yelling “f**k you racists” and other profanities. Others, wearing masks and dressed in all black, hurled Molotov cocktails, smashed out windows at a student center where Yiannopoulos was scheduled to speak, threw fireworks and rocks at police, blocked traffic, and caused other mayhem.
According to CNN:
The violent protesters tore down metal barriers, set fires near the campus bookstore and damaged the construction site of a new dorm. One woman wearing a red Trump hat was pepper sprayed in the face while being interviewed by CNN affiliate KGO. She was able to respond that she was OK after the attack.
They are surrounding people and beating them with Antifa flags and poles. pic.twitter.com/v3o1kEpwFj
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The violence eventually forced university officials to cancel the event over safety concerns.
“We condemn in the strongest possible terms the violence and unlawful behavior that was on display and deeply regret that those tactics will now overshadow the efforts to engage in legitimate and lawful protest against the performer’s presence and perspectives,” UC Berkeley said in a statement.
“While Yiannopoulos’ views, tactics and rhetoric are profoundly contrary to our own, we are bound by the Constitution, the law, our values and the campus’s Principles of Community to enable free expression across the full spectrum of opinion and perspective. …
“Ultimately, and unfortunately, however, it was impossible to maintain order given the level of threat, disruption and organized violence.”
Yiannopoulos took to Twitter:
I have been evacuated from the UC Berkeley campus after violent left-wing protestors tore down barricades, lit fires, threw rocks and Roman candles at the windows and breached the ground floor of the building. My team and I are safe. But the event has been cancelled. I’ll let you know more when the facts become clear. One thing we do know for sure: the Left is absolutely terrified of free speech and will do literally anything to shut it down.
He told Fox News’ Tucker Carlson shortly after the cancellation that the violent protest was “a horrible spectacle and very humiliating for American higher education.”
“ … I found out actually you can’t say very much at all without people getting upset,” he said.
“No one’s safety is at risk from different opinions,” he said, according to Breitbart. “No one’s physical safety is endangered by political ideas.”