The University of British Columbia (UBC) in Canada canceled a speech for fear of a violent reaction from antifa, which issued threats against the event.
The speech, titled “Understanding Antifa Violence,” was to be given by journalist Andy Ngo, who was attacked by the radical group in Portland last June, and was scheduled for Jan. 29, reported The Post Millennial.
This shows the harshness of the anti-free speech environment and how a university, supposedly a center for free exposure and debate of ideas, is bowing to the fear of violence threatened by Antifa.
“There is a very twisted irony here, with UBC taking the anti-free-speech side of antifa, and allowing antifa to silence a man whom antifa previously assaulted,” said John Carpay, president of the Justice Center for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF).
The JCCF issued a press release and a letter of a lawsuit on behalf of the student group The Free Speech Club demanding that UBC reschedule the event.
“Antifa proved Ngo’s point without even stepping foot on campus, never mind the fact that he was beaten by the fascists who claim to combat fascism,” MRCTV said.
“The reason for the cancellation is the concern about the safety and security of our campus community,” Ron Holton, UBC’s director of risk, told The Free Speech Club in a phone call.
Andy Ngo said that bowing down to threats from the radical leftist group is not the right thing to do.
“As is demonstrated over and over elsewhere, appeasing antifa ideologues only emboldens them to make more demands. Their goal is to silence opposition through fear and intimidation,” Ngo said, according to The Post Millennial.
The violent extremes of the antifa group have caused President Donald Trump to consider declaring it a terrorist organization.
“Consideration is being given to declaring ANTIFA, the gutless Radical Left Wack Jobs who go around hitting (only non-fighters) people over the heads with baseball bats, a major Organization of Terror (along with MS-13 & others). Would make it easier for police to do their job!,” the president said on his Twitter account.