A peaceful event organized by the Turning Point USA chapter at the University of California, Davis, was disrupted by around 100 violent protesters on Tuesday evening. The event, headlined by conservative personality Charlie Kirk, was held at the University Credit Union Center and attended by around 500 students.
The mostly black-clad protesters clashed with law enforcement officers and attendees of the event, using pepper spray, hurling eggs, and smashing windows to block people from entering the venue. Two people were arrested and one police officer was injured during the incident.
Twitter CEO Elon Musk called out the protesters, saying “Not a peaceful protest at all” on social media. Others agreed, comparing the violent protest to the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.
The school admitted there were “minor incidents” and said in a statement that protesters broke 10 glass window panes and physically blocked a bike path. However, they did not gain access to the building.
The protesters held signs supporting trans and queer people and used umbrellas to cover their identities. Videos and photos taken at the scene showed other protesters throwing eggs and other objects.
One of the people arrested was charged with misdemeanor vandalism and resisting arrest, while the other was charged with vandalism, resisting arrest, and threats on a police officer. The latter individual was not affiliated with UC Davis.
Charlie Kirk, who has been subject to criticism at UC Davis and around California, addressed the protesters during the event, applauding security and his supporters for defying their attempts to shut down the event.
The University of California, Davis, remained committed to free speech, stating that it must uphold the right to free speech even when that speech may be hateful, offensive, or abusive.
The violent disruption of a peaceful event by protesters is unacceptable and goes against the principles of free speech and civil discourse. It’s time for these violent protesters to be held accountable for their actions.