Sept. 23 (UPI) -- Organizers of a proposed "Free Speech Week" demonstration at the University of California, Berkeley, that was put together by the outspoken conservative commentator Milo Yiannopoulos said the event has been canceled.
The reason for the cancelation remains unclear, though the event, set to begin Sunday, was beset by organizational problems for weeks prior to Saturday's announcement. Advertised speakers including Ann Coulter, Steve Bannon and other top conservative firebrands had declined to confirm their participation. The student group working with Yiannopoulos that sponsored the event, Berkeley Patriots, had failed to obtain demonstration permits or arrange travel accommodations for the speakers. Berkeley Patriots subsequently backed out, causing the cancelation.