ANN COULTER BERKELEY PROTEST: Mayor praises city, demonstrators for keeping peace

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Berkeley's mayor responded to efforts to keep the peace during yesterday's dueling protests over Ann Coulter and free speech issues. (KGO-TV)

Berkeley's mayor responded to efforts to keep the peace during yesterday's dueling protests over Ann Coulter and free speech issues.

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Mayor Jesse Arreguin said, "I'm proud that the university, the city, and our community stood shoulder-to-shoulder and allowed those with differing views to come and say their piece.

We may disagree with what they said, but we'll forever defend their right to say it. We just had one rule: do it peacefully. No violence, no vandalism. End of story."
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Hundreds gathered for the protests. There were only seven arrests and, no injuries or property damage was reported. Coulter did not appear.

Mayor Arreguin's full statement can be read below.


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