Violent protests at UC Berkeley over speech by controversial Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos

Corporate buildings, including banks and ATMs were vandalised, and a Starbucks coffee shop was looted.

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The University of California at Berkeley went into lockdown amid a violent protest over a planned appearance by right-wing speaker Milo Yiannopoulos.

People take to the streets during the protestsElijah Nouvelage/Getty Images
A man looks at graffiti during a protest in Berkeley, CaliforniaJosh Edelson/AFP

School officials said on Twitter after the protest erupted that the speech by Yiannopoulos, the Breitbart News editor, had been cancelled and that the campus was on lockdown. The crowd appeared to number in the hundreds, with protesters rallying on campus, before spilling out into the streets. Corporate buildings, including banks and ATMs were vandalised, and a Starbucks coffee shop was looted.

People fill the streets during the demonstrationElijah Nouvelage/Getty Images
Protesters are seen on the streetElijah Nouvelage/Getty Images
People set fire to dustbins during the protestsElijah Nouvelage/Getty Images
A 'Make America Great Again'' hat is burnt on the UC Berkeley campusElijah Nouvelage/Getty Images
Graffiti that reads 'no more pigs, no more presidents' is spray-painted on a wallElijah Nouvelage/Getty Images

Police ordered protesters at the liberal-leaning university to disperse but a short time later at least one fire erupted when protesters set fire to a light post outside a building, according to CNN, which broadcast footage of the demonstration. US President Donald Trump's chief strategist, Steve Bannon, previously headed Breitbart News and CNN reported that many of the protesters voiced opposition to the Republican president.

People protest at UC BerkeleyElijah Nouvelage/Getty Images
A building on the UC Berkeley campus is illuminated with the colours of the LGBT flagElijah Nouvelage/Getty Images
A man removes graffiti at an ATM machineStephen Lam/Reuters

Yiannopoulos said in a statement on Facebook said he was "evacuated" from the campus and criticised "the Left" saying it was "absolutely terrified of free speech and will do literally anything to shut it down."

A vandalised Mechanics Bank is seen after the protestsJosh Edelson/AFP
Union Bank ATMs that were vandalised during the protestsElijah Nouvelage/Getty Images
Vandalised ATMs are seen at a Wells Fargo bankStephen Lam/Reuters
A vandalised Bank of America office after the protestsStephen Lam/Reuters
The inside of a Chase Bank is seen after being vandalised by protesters in Berkeley, CaliforniaJohn Edelson/AFP
A Starbucks is seen after being looted by protestersElijah Nouvelage/Getty Images
A sign promoting a protest of right-wing Breitbart journalist Milo Yiannopoulos is seen on the window of the UC Berkeley student unionElijah Nouvelage/Getty Images

Yiannopoulos, a 32-year-old right-wing provocateur, is a vocal supporter of President Donald Trump and a self-proclaimed internet troll whose comments have been criticised as racist, misogynist, anti-Muslim and white supremacist. He was banned from Twitter after leading a harassment campaign against "Ghostbusters" actress Leslie Jones.

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