Boulder, Colo. Springs bracing for controversial speaker Milo Yiannopoulos

BOULDER, Colo. – Conservative firebrand Milo Yiannopoulos will be in Colorado this week for the latest stops on a speaking tour that has drawn protests and at times, violence.

Yiannopoulos is the technology editor for the far-right conservative website Breitbart, which has been associated with the self-titled “alt-right” movement. His writing takes aim at feminism, multiculturalism, liberalism, establishment Republicans and the entire notion of “political correctness,” among other issues.

He was banned from Twitter in 2016 after leading online attacks on actress Leslie Jones.

Yiannopoulos is on a nationwide college speaking tour to promote his new book, Dangerous, which comes out in March. He has scheduled stops at CU Boulder on Wednesday, Jan. 25 and the University of Colorado Colorado Springs on Thursday, Jan. 26.

Students at CU Boulder launched a petition to try to stop Yiannopoulous’ appearance on campus and protesters have met Yiannopoulos at his other tour stops around the country.

One person was shot during protests over Yiannopoulos’ speaking engagement at the University of Washington last week, according to Seattle ABC affiliate KOMO, and officials at UC Davis canceled his event there after protests broke out, reports ABC 10 in Sacramento.

A spokesman for the CU Boulder Police Department told Denver7 the department was aware of Yiannopoulos and the news surrounding his events but declined to discuss CU Boulder’s security plans. Police said there were three events scheduled for Wednesday night and only confirmed officers would be at all of them.

Actress and transgender rights advocate Laverne Cox is also scheduled to speak at CU Boulder Wednesday night. She’ll be at Macky Auditorium at 6:30 p.m.

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