UC irvine Cancels Flag Ban Meeting After Threats of Violence
Last week the University of California, Irvine Student Council banned the “imperialist” American flag in “inclusive” spaces.
The move by the student council came under scrutiny after the controversial resolution. The resolution was ultimately vetoed Saturday by the five-member executive cabinet overseeing the student government.
A “viable threat of violence” related to a plan to ban flags — including the U.S. one — in a student government building on the UC Irvine campus prompted the university to cancel a meeting Tuesday.
The student government’s Legislative Council meeting was canceled, a decision supported by student leaders, the university announced.
The University of California Irvine Police Department increased security and its presence on campus in response to the threat, which was not specific, according to the university’s announcement.
The campus came under nationwide scrutiny after a six-member undergraduate student government council body voted Thursday to remove all U.S. and other flags from the lobby area of student government offices. The resolution was vetoed Saturday by the five-member executive cabinet overseeing the student government.
The possibility of overriding the veto was the subject of Tuesday’s Legislative Council agenda, the university said.