One Single ‘Anti-Fascist’ Protester Shuts Down Conservative Event. Here’s How.

The “anti-fascist” protester crowd strikes again, managing to get yet another conservative event on a college campus shut down. Only this time, it wasn’t a group of rowdy protesters, but one single individual.

These folks — who are ironically actual fascists — have far too much power and sway over our current culture.

In yet another example of the “anti-fascist” veto used to suppress conservative speech on a college campus, an event hosted by the College Republicans at Portland State University on Tuesday was eventually shut down by a single protester continually ringing a bell. Campus authorities, who were on the scene, said their policies did not allow them to take action because the protester didn’t get violent or destroy property.

Journalist Andy Ngo, who was assaulted by an Antifa mob in Portland in November, attended the event at Portland State Tuesday, tweeting out a series of video clips of the bell-ringing protester and noting the failure of university authorities to take any action.

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The event featured blogger Michael Strickland. Strickland was there to discuss being sentenced to 40 days in jail and banned from carrying guns after he brandished his gun, for which he had a concealed carry permit, at masked left-wing protesters who he says threateningly advanced at him during a rally. Though Strickland was allowed to carry the weapon, the judge determined that brandishing the gun when protesters surrounded him was an unnecessarily provocative act.

Ahead of the College Republican event Tuesday, one protester labeled Strickland a “violent fascist.” Those gathered to hear Strickland speak didn’t have the chance because of one guy and one rather loud bell.

“Last night, College Republicans invited conservative blogger Michael Strickland to [Portland State],” Ngo wrote in the first of a series of tweets. “Event got shut down by anarchist who came w/a bell. Strickland was to speak about his conviction related to him brandishing a gun at a mob who surrounded him at a 2016 BLM protest.”

“One anarchist antifa disruptor with a bell was able to shut down the Michael Strickland [Portland States] College Republicans speech as soon as the event began. Campus police & admin were there but just stood & watched. They said they couldn’t do anything about the disrupter,” he added, providing clips of video of the incident. “The person who shut down the College Republicans Portland State event then went to the front and blocked the projector so that the speaker couldn’t play a video. This continued for more than an hour while police watched.”

“Speaker attempted to give his speech to live stream but the disruptor followed & continued ringing bell,” Ngo wrote. “[Portland State] has no policies in place to deal w/disruptions at student-organized events. Police will only intervene when there is violence or property destruction.”

By allowing folks to behave this way, the school is encouraging future reoccurrences, which then more or less leads to the suppression of free speech. The kind of sway one human being had on this incident is absolutely ridiculous.

Everyone has an equal right to share their point of view on the issues of the day. No one has the right to silence another person simply because they don’t agree with their politics.

If only the left would understand that the only way to truly achieve progress is for ideas to duke out on the battlefield of ideas. This is something that gets repeated a lot around here, but that’s because it’s a critical truth desperately needed in our day and age.

Source: Daily Wire

Michael Stanley is a professional writer with 10 years of experience who has previously written for Young Conservatives, Allen West, and many others.
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