“Exactly. Booking a 400 seat room when you know the recent controversy is going to bring out massive amounts of people who don't support you, then have your organizers laugh and chat with their friends while letting in a trickle of 1-2 people every ten minutes is pretty much the perfect way to claim any crowd "unruly."”
“1. If informing someone of Canadian *law* and the consequences for breaking said law is a threat, I'll eat my khaki shorts. I wasn't aware telling someone that they may face criminal prosecution if they *break the law* wasn't okay.
2. They have the right to stand up for their own rights to their campus being a safe space.
3. This did not happen. Please, get your facts straight. The only thing preventing people who came to the event from entering the building was the masses of other people in front of them also trying to get into the building, and the incompetence of the organizers.
4. Not everyone left the building, many refused. Including many of Ann Coulter's supporters- they are just as responsible for the "unruly" crowd that caused the police to worry.
“I was forcefully elbowed in the neck by a Coulter supporter trying to bypass me in line- the only sparse acts of violence I witnessed were from Coulter's supporters- many if not all of the protesters, including myself, understand that a) violence is not okay and b) it will not get you any support from the media, or anyone with a head on their shoulders. The only way to protest and keep your legitimacy is by not breaking the law, and not being violent. We, as protesters, knew this.”
“Ann Coulter was not shouted down. Her own people chose to cancel the event. You should also take into account that the "unruly" crowd particularly in the lobby that caused organizers to fear included the actions of Ann Coulter supporters as well- after the fire alarm was pulled, many of her supporters physically tried to push their way to the front of the line and caused a lot of distress in the crowd. I was purposely elbowed in the neck by a 45 year old female supporter claiming she had the right to enter the auditorium and I did not, despite myself having legitimately registered for the event”
“One of the best articles on the Coulter incident I've seen-- whether they be in support of or against, I have yet to see many articles make the valid points concerning the rights of the uOttawa protesters to protest, as well as the fact that Francois Houle did NOT take a side- he simply informed Ms. Coulter of Canadian law and encouraged her to educate herself. The letter was fair warning, and there is no ACTUAL intent in the letter that discourages her from speaking.
I'm proud of the students of my university for standing up for the right to have their campus continue to be a safe space- I'm glad to say I was a part of the protest. And, for the record, while 200 out of the approximately 800 attendees were actively protesting, from what I saw and heard, the majority of those who turned up did not support Ann whatsoever- some, like myself, had planned to actively protest once we had made it into the auditorium so we could address Ann herself, and some simply wanted to hear her brand of crazy and possibly snipe her with some well placed intellect during the Q&A.”