5 ar­rested at rally against Ann Coul­ter speech in Berke­ley

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BERKE­LEY >> A per­son was in­jured and five peo­ple were ar­rested dur­ing a demon­stra­tion by hun­dreds of peo­ple out­side a Univer­sity of Cal­i­for­nia, Berke­ley, au­di­to­rium where con­ser­va­tive com­men­ta­tor Ann Coul­ter gave a speech, an of­fi­cial said Thurs­day.

Be­tween 1,500 and 2,000 demon­stra­tors chanted slo­gans out­side the event. Some ha­rassed peo­ple try­ing to en­ter the build­ing, yelling at them and push­ing them.

A per­son who had a ticket to the event was in­jured af­ter get­ting in a scuf­fle with a protester and taken to a hos­pi­tal to be checked as a pre­cau­tion­ary mea­sure, said Dan Mogulof, a spokesman for the univer­sity.

“We don’t be­lieve the in­juries were se­ri­ous,” he said.

UC Berke­ley po­lice ar­rested three peo­ple for not fol­low­ing of­fi­cers’ or­ders and one for bat­tery on an of­fi­cer, Mogulof said. He said he did not know what the fifth protester was ar­rested for.

Po­lice said sev­eral of those ar­rested were wear­ing masks, and Mogulof said of­fi­cials don’t be­lieve they are students.

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