Protesters at California State University, Los Angeles, attempted to shut down a campus lecture from conservative writer Ben Shapiro Thursday by pulling the fire alarm in the auditorium the event was held at.
As Shapiro discussed the threats he had received prior to visiting the campus, the alarm went off and lights started flashing.
“And there it is gang,” he said. “Guess what? You know what? They are not going to stop us!”
“Folks if you just joined the live-stream, someone pulled the fire alarm to stop us because this is how the fascists do it,” the conservative writer said.
Shapiro continued his speech before lashing out at the university — which had tried to cancel the event — for failing to secure a safe environment for conservative thought to be expressed on campus.
“Where the fu— is the administration on this campus?” he asked. “Where the hell is the administration on this campus?”
“Where the hell is the administration on this campus?”
“If this sort of thing happened during classes at this university, the kid that pulled the fire alarm would be off this campus so fast it would make your head spin,” he continued. “But not you out there, the protesters. Those special, magical leftist children, protected from the consequences of living in the real world with my taxpayer dollars. You get to shut us down for disagreeing with your thug tactics and your nasty, pathetic, evil ideology.”
As Shapiro spoke inside, dozens of students and Black Lives Matter protesters demonstrated in front of the auditorium.
A Young America’s Foundation program officer, who helped organize the event, wrote on Twitter that the “crowd of leftists outside is so dangerous that we had to sneak students into the auditorium through the back door.”
Things did not immediately subside after the event concluded. Shapiro said police told him that the crowd outside could pose a threat to his safety and escorted him off the campus through a secret exit. Meanwhile, protesters blocked the main entrances and exits, leaving attendees “imprisoned” inside the auditorium.
“We are stuck inside,” an event organizer said on a live-stream. “We are prisoners in this room right now.”
After several minutes passed, security was ultimately able to clear an exit for students to leave.