The University of British Columbia cancelled a talk on Antifa violence by conservative journalist Andy Ngo due to the (wait for it) threat of Antifa violence.
The event, planned for January 29 and sponsored by the Free Speech Club, was originally given the go-ahead, but the university reversed its decision on December 20, citing safety and security concerns.
Antifa is a violent, Far Left protest group. Their activists are aptly described by The Epoch Times, which reported that the university is now being threatened with legal action due to the cancellation:
“Antifa activists are self-described communist anarchists who have used vandalism, physical violence, threats, and even blockades to shut down events or protest opinions they oppose. They typically dress in black, sometimes carry clubs, and wear masks to hide their faces.”
Ngo is no stranger to Antifa violence, having been the brunt of a number of brutal attacks by the group’s “activists,” one of which landed him in the hospital with a brain bleed.
Last weekend in Seattle, Antifa activists assaulted conservative reporter Elijah Schaffer, a BlazeTV contributor and host of the show “Slightly Offens*ve,” when Schaffer tried to prevent an Antifa protester from grabbing a camera from one of his producers.
The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF) demanded a reinstatement of the event in a letter to UBC president Santa Ono.
“It is an alarming betrayal of the foundational pillar of higher education—the freedom of thought, belief, opinion, and expression. Furthermore, it signals automatic acquiescence to the ‘heckler’s veto,’ which will embolden threats from those who oppose the very notion of free expression,” said Marty Moore, a JCCF lawyer.
Moore also said that cancelling the event a month in advance was unreasonable, considering the fact that “UBC could have taken numerous steps to address any safety concerns, including letting the police deal with anyone making specific threats.”
Ngo acknowledged that UBC’s concerns about Antifa violence were real, but disagreed with their response and the message it sends.
“Violence from left-wing ideologues on campuses is routine,” Ngo said. “The only thing to do is to be brave. The authoritarian Far Left seek power through intimidation, harassment, and violence, if need be. We can’t give them that.”