A group of about 100 protesters disrupted a peaceful event held by the Turning Point USA chapter at the University of California, Davis, on Tuesday evening.
Conservative personality Charlie Kirk was the headliner of the event, which was attended by around 500 students. The protesters, who wore mostly black clothing and held signs supporting trans and queer people, clashed with law enforcement officers and attendees of the event.
They smashed windows, hurled eggs, and used pepper spray to block people from entering the venue. Twitter CEO Elon Musk called out the protesters on social media, saying “Not a peaceful protest at all.”
Others compared the violent protest to the Jan. 6 Capitol riot. The University of California, Davis, 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. Two people were arrested, one of whom was not affiliated with UC Davis.
One individual was charged with misdemeanor vandalism and resisting arrest, while the other was charged with vandalism, resisting arrest, and threats to a police officer.
During the event, Charlie Kirk addressed the protesters, thanking 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.
It’s important to recognize that violent protest is unacceptable and goes against the principles of free speech and civil discourse. Those who engage in violent protest must be held accountable for their actions.