Left-Wing Protesters Disrupted Lars Ulrich’s Front Row Panel
Lars Ulrich is probably not new to getting mobbed by overexcited fans but during his Front Row panel at the University of California-Berkeley last March 2, he sure didn’t expect getting interrupted by violent angry protesters. While Lars was interviewing Salesforce founder and wealthy entrepreneur Marc Benioff, a group of Liberal students called the Student Labor Committee (SLC) stormed toward the stage and tried to attack Benioff. They were stopped and tackled by law enforcement.
The event has been planned a few months before and according to Metallica’s official website:
The concept behind the evening had been to offer ten UC Berkeley students the chance to curate an evening which would integrate the life of a public Bay Area figure whose work they respected, and with whom they could create an interactive learning experience for the audience. Lars was the overwhelming choice.
Lars knew about the demonstration (which is about the unfair treatment being endured by campus contract workers) before the panel began and even allowed a protester to speak. Sadly, they resorted to mob violence which forced intervention by the police. This is not the first time SLC has disrupted any gathering. Nevertheless, despite that incident, the rest of the interviews went by smoothly.