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Black Lives Matter Protesters Shut Down Breitbart Speaker At DePaul

By Mina Bloom | May 25, 2016 10:53am
 A Black Lives Matter protester takes over the stage as Breitbart's Milo Yiannopoulos spoke with a crowd at DePaul University.
A Black Lives Matter protester takes over the stage as Breitbart's Milo Yiannopoulos spoke with a crowd at DePaul University.
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LINCOLN PARK — Chaos erupted at DePaul University on Tuesday evening when Black Lives Matter protesters shut down a talk by conservative blogger Milo Yiannopoulos by storming the stage and yelling in his face, which resulted in more protests.

Yiannopoulos, a British editor for the conservative website Breitbart, was speaking as part of a DePaul College Republicans event when a protester walked into the room blowing a whistle, according to video footage. 

"This man is an idiot," he yelled to the crowd about Yiannopoulos.

The protesting starts at about 46:32:

The scene descended into chaos as more protesters joined him on stage to chant "dump the Trump" and "black lives matter." The rowdy crowd responded with chants like "get a job."

RELATED: DePaul President Says Protesters Were Wrong, Apologizes To Republican Group

At one point, one of the protesters forcibly grabbed the microphone out of the interviewer's hand, the video shows. She is also seen screaming in Yiannopoulos' face, "What you got to say?"

Throughout the chaos, security did not intervene.

"Breitbart paid a $1,000 of their money for (extra security) for them to do absolutely nothing,” Yiannopoulos told The Depaulia. 

A spokeswoman for DePaul University did not immediately respond to questions about security.

The event was cut short as Yiannopoulos and his supporters, many wearing Donald Trump's "Make America Great Again" hats, left the venue. But more protests continued outside of the university.

The Yiannopoulos supporters reportedly marched to the university president's office to voice disapproval while Black Lives Matters supporters congregated outside, according to video footage.

The DePaul spokeswoman said no students were arrested, but Chicago Police did arrest one person who is not a student.

"The university is reviewing events to determine whether any disciplinary action is warranted," she wrote in a prepared statement.

Early Tuesday the College Republicans group discovered graffiti in the quad, which read "Trump 2016 and F*** Mexico" and alerted the university's public safety office. It was done with a "paint-like" substance, making it difficult to remove, according to the university.

"Destruction of property and profanity are never acceptable ways to voice opinions," said DePaul's president, Rev. Dennis H. Holtschneider, in a prepared statement.

"This slur against Mexicans goes against everything DePaul stands for. We will work to identify the individual, file charges with the police, and bring the university's disciplinary process to bear. If anyone has knowledge of this matter, I ask them to come forward."

The DePaul fiasco wasn't the first time Yiannopoulos has sparked protests. The self-proclaimed "internet supervillian" known for his anti-feminist stance has been traveling to colleges and universities across the country for his "Dangerous Faggot" tour. At Rutgers University, students smeared fake blood on their faces in protest. 

He tweeted about the incident Wednesday morning: 

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