Security concerns over Milo Yiannopoulos' possible visit to San Diego State

Posted at 12:13 PM, Sep 28, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-29 20:40:28-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - Conservative speaker Milo Yiannopoulous will be speaking at San Diego State in late October if all goes as planned for the SDSU College Republicans.

Yiannopoulos is the former senior editor of Breitbart and describes himself as, “the most fabulous New York Times Best Selling supervillain on the internet,” on his Facebook page followed by more than 2 million people.

The right-wing provocateur is slated to appear at Montezuma Hall October 29th at 9 p.m. said the College Republicans president Brandon Jones.

Jones says the SDSU College Republicans are still working out the details with the Dean of Students and SDSU University Police but the event should go on as planned.

In a statement to 10News SDSU wrote that Yiannopoulos’ event has not been confirmed through the proper campus channels yet but that “Student Life and Leadership staff are working with them in their recognition process.” 

SDSU says the College Republican's have a hold on a facility that is conditional upon completion of all university requirements which includes a security assessment conducted by SDSU University Police.

Yiannopolous’ event at UC Berkeley in February was canceled amidst violent protests by masked agitators who began breaking windows and setting fires on campus.

Protests for another conservative speaker remained peaceful in mid-September, however author and commentator Ben Shapiro’s visit to UC Berkeley cost an estimated $600,000.

Jones says he has not been given a firm answer from the university on what the security costs will be or who will foot the bill. 

The SDSU College Republicans President says his group is expecting to pay a similar $10,000 fee that the UC Berkeley College Republicans had to raise for extra security for Yiannopolous’ February visit.

San Diego State further wrote that the university strongly recommends that student organizations do not publicize events until these processes are complete.