Berkeleyside reporters and photographers were on scene at Telegraph Avenue and Bancroft Way prior for a protest and appearance by Milo Yiannopoulos and supporters.
In an interview with Berkeleyside, the provocateur seemed calm and ready to march through campus to confront his opponents.
The former intelligence analyst who went to jail for leaking classified documents, told the crowd that people, not institutions, hold the real power.
The student group that had hoped to bring four days of speakers to the Cal campus has withdrawn its support for the event.
"He was just all about making sure everyone is happy. He’d always want to hug and kiss me, and say, 'You’re gonna miss my hugs.' And I do, I really do."