By Steve Neavling
The FBI is trying to identify the black-clad rioters who disrupted a peaceful protest at the University of California, Berkeley last week.
About 100 to 150 people dressed in all black, with their faces covered, stormed a university plaza and chucked fireworks, rocks and Molotov cocktails at police to protest right-wing speaker Milo Yiannopoulos.
UC Berkeley officials described the rioters as a paramilitary force that had “essentially raided the campus,” Berkeleyside reports.
The rioting caused about $100,000 in damage at the MLK student union.
“They came in a military fashion, they were well-rehearsed,” said UC Berkeley spokesman Dan Mogulof on the night of the protests. “They seemed armed and dangerous.”
UC Berkeley Professor Robert Reich believes that the rioters may have been part of a right-wing group bent on causing chaos to damage the credibility of peaceful protesters.