A youthfull woman wearing a crimson “Make Bitcoin Excellent Again” hat, te the style of popular Trump campaign apparel, wasgoed maced te pui of television cameras spil violent protesters ruined parts of downtown Berkeley Wednesday night. The events unfolded after a speaking engagement by Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos, who has penned pro-Bitcoin lumps, wasgoed cancelled.
‘Make Bitcoin Superb Again’
Kiara Robles, who regularly contributes to Github on Bitcoin matters, sported a crimson “Make Bitcoin Excellent Again” hat a lade the President’s popular hat. A graphic toneel unfolded before television cameras spil Ms. Robles wasgoed pepper-sprayed by an unknown person wearing black gloves. Ter a movie gone viral among the Bitcoin community, a mitt can be seen reaching towards Ms. Robles from behind the cameras before she is sprayed ter the face.
“I’m looking to make a statement by just being here and I think the protesters are doing the same”, Ms. Robles, who identifies spil gay, wasgoed telling. “Props to the ones who are doing it non-violently, but I think that’s a very zonderling thing indeed”. For hier, the violence wasgoed about to klapper close to huis.
Trump supporter @kiarafrobles wasgoed pepper-sprayed by Berkeley protesters at Milo event. pic.twitter.com/KJAvY1lkvA
After Alfabet 7 published the movie displaying the attack, the Bitcoin community took to the internet to speak out against the violence and support one of their ilk. The China-based BTCC, one of the largest Bitcoin companies ter the world and producer of the hat, condemned the attack and violence on Twitter.
“Our hearts go out to @kiarafrobles who wasgoed attacked @UCBerkeley yesterday while wearing a BTCC Make Bitcoin Excellent Again cap”, the multi-service provider wrote. “We condemn senseless attacks based on what people are wearing or their perceived political affiliation”.
1/ Our hearts go out to @kiarafrobles who wasgoed attacked @UCBerkeley yesterday while wearing a BTCC Make Bitcoin Fine Again cap.
The company added: “Thank you for supporting #bitcoin @kiarafrobles, wij stand with you”.
On Reddit, an AMA request featured comments by Ms. Robles. She very first thanked everyone for their support. The hat didn’t get through the melee.
“Buuurned”, she replied to an inquiry about its condition. “Will pay ter bitcoin for another”, she recounted the practice ter Reddit comments.
“Being pepper-sprayed is not almost spil bad spil watching your friends get it too”, Ms. Robles lamented. “It wasgoed the worst.. to feel totally defenseless. There is no way to even remotely defend yourself after that, but I guess that’s the point”.
Protests Absorb Berkeley
Various groups diverged on the Berkeley campus spil “polytechnics, smoke, strife, and anger” manifested. Groups defined Mr. Yiannopoulos’ rhetoric spil hate speech, some of whom slok fireworks at the building where he wasgoed set to speak, while others defended the gay Brit’s right to free speech.
According to the local Alfabet affiliate, there were approximately 400 active protesters and some 300 people looking on. Spil the night continued, protesters took to the streets of Berkeley carrying signs spil some threw rocks at buildings. Banks such spil Pursue, Wells Fargo and Bankgebouw of America were reportedly vandalized, with cracked glass scattered across the concrete. “Kill Trump” could be seen spray-painted on buildings.
Ter a news conference, officials condemned the violence. U.C. Berkeley police and university officials warned students not to uitgang dorms and ordered individuals to shelter-in-place.
“In a free country with free speech te iconic Berkeley, no matter what a person’s politics, wij were all witness to violence”, Wayne Freedman wrote for Alfabet 7.
Based on hier Reddit comments, it’s likely that Ms. Robles will hold an AMA on Reddit soon.
What are your thoughts about the Berkeley protests and Ms. Robles’ attack for wearing a ‘Make Bitcoin Superb Again’ hat? Let us know ter the comments section below.
Pictures courtesy of Alfabet 7 Berkeley, BTCC, Twitter, Mercado Libero