Kiara Robles, of Oakland, is suing the University of California, Berkeley and 18 other parties, over incidents that took place in February, outside of a planned Milo Yiannopoulos speech.
Yiannopoulos’ speech was scheduled to take place February 1, but was canceled when a violent protest broke out.
Robles is seeking $23 million in damages after she was attacked. Freedom Watch, a conservative nonprofit organization, filed the lawsuit Monday on her behalf for alleged civil rights violations, First and Fourth Amendment violations, equal protection violations, negligence, gross negligence, and other charges.
Here’s what you need to know about Robles:
1. Robles Was Pepper Sprayed While Being Interviewed
Robles was being interviewed by a KGO-TV news station reporter when she was attacked by both masked and unmasked assailants with painful pepper spray and bear mace, according to Robles. She said that no campus police were present as she was being assaulted, according to The Los Angeles Times.
“Instead, nearly 100 campus police and SWAT members waited in the Student Union building, within eyesight of violence happening outside, watching protesters become more belligerent and dangerous,” said Robles.
Robles claims that the university chose to withhold police protection because she, Yiannopoulos and a large number of his supporters are gay and politically conservative, according to The Los Angeles Times.
2. The Lawsuit Names 18 Other Individuals And Entities
We survive the peaceful protests. Glad to see intellectual debates are valued at UC Berkeley. 😉 #MiloAtCal https://t.co/RRVgu9Q269—
Kiara Robles (@kiarafrobles) February 02, 2017
The lawsuit also names UC Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas Dirks, Berkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguin, UC Berkeley Police Department, U.S. Representative Nancy Pelosi, investor George Soros, and others.
In an emailed statement on Tuesday, Dan Mogulof, a spokesman for the University of California at Berkeley, defended the actions of campus administrators and police, and said the university would vigorously fight the suit, according to Reuters.
A spokesman for the Berkeley mayor’s office, Stefan Elgstrand, said the office has no comment on the pending litigation.
Michael Bodley, a reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle, asked Robles if she really thought all of the people named in the complaint, including Nancy Pelosi, were responsible for what happened to her. Robles responded:
I believe that we’re all responsible, some obviously more than others. But the identity politics of the left is so damaging to everyone involved. Social justice warriors pray on the weak and make them weaker. They tell people who are struggling that there is nothing they can do, it’s not their fault, then they bribe them with other peoples tax dollars. The left turns people into victims and their politicians walk away the victors.
People need to condemn violence on all sides, instead our politicians are openly supporting the ‘resistance movement,’ and organizing political violence under the guise of non-profits. I’m anti police brutality, anti antifa, pro civility, and pro self-defense. I would never promote hate or violence for my political agenda. Can Nancy Pelosi say the same?
3. Robles Says She Is Pro-Free Speech
This is how you weekend. https://t.co/HsNxsq7BO0—
Kiara Robles ಠ_ಠ (@kiarafrobles) April 23, 2017
Robles’ Twitter bio says that she is pro-free speech and believes that campuses like UC Berkeley are trying to limit free speech.
In a post on her Github site, Robles says:
Western governments have never criminalized rudeness, meanness, or trolling. Today half the population uses the phrase ‘hate speech’ like the religious right uses the word ‘blasphemy.’ Publicly, Berkeley presents itself as the heart of compassion and pays lip service to ‘free speech’ while working behind the scenes to censor and shut down conservatives on campus by any means necessary.
4. Robles Is Critical Of Antifa
.@AntifaBoston @MsBlaireWhite Please tell me more about the tactics of Antifa, save me the time of infiltrating. https://t.co/jAyiygb6sX—
Kiara Robles ಠ_ಠ (@kiarafrobles) March 25, 2017
Robles has been critical of Antifa online. In one of her articles, she responded to an Anitfa statement that said, “Ultimately, the bloc’s actions against Milo Yiannopoulos were not in response to the things he says, but the things he does.
“No,” wrote Robles. “You do not have The Right to pepperspray, hit, throw bottles, rocks or M80s at anyone ever. Protip your activist professors aren’t teaching you: Assault with intent is a felony. Assaulting someone in a mask with black bloc tactics is an additional felony. Milos existence does not give you The Right to commit felonies.”
5. Robles Supports Bitcoin
Kiara Robles ಠ_ಠ (@kiarafrobles) May 15, 2017
Robles, who was wearing a “Make Bitcoin Great Again” hat when she was pepper-sprayed, says in her profile that she is pro-bitcoin. She has also written articles about Bitcoin on her GitHub site. Robles also frequently shares articles about Bitcoin on her Twitter page.