2 ar­rested at uni­ver­sity Shapiro speech protest

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Tak­ing a page out of Berke­ley’s book, the Uni­ver­sity of Utah ramped up se­cu­rity Wed­nes­day for an ap­pear­ance by con­ser­va­tive provo­ca­teur Ben Shapiro that drew vo­cal but largely peace­ful protests.

Two peo­ple were ar­rested from a crowd of about 300 out­side the venue as scuf­fles broke out be­tween protesters and counter-demon­stra­tors, said uni­ver­sity po­lice Chief Dale Bro­phy.

Though Utah doesn’t have a his­tory of free speech protests and vi­o­lence like the Uni­ver­sity of Cal­i­for­nia, Berke­ley — a lib­eral bas­tion and the birth­place of the Amer­i­can free speech move­ment — of­fi­cials at Utah’s flag­ship col­lege didn’t want to take any chances amid a cli­mate of height­ened po­lit­i­cal ten­sions.

The Uni­ver­sity of Utah leans more lib­eral than the rest of the con­ser­va­tive state, much like Salt Lake City, where it’s lo­cated. The city has had some un­rest dur­ing protests in re­cent years against po­lice shoot­ings and white ex­trem­ism as well as at a Don­ald Trump cam­paign rally.

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