Earlier this week, a speaking event for Breitbart journalist Milo Yiannopoulos at UC Berkeley was canceled after protests turned violent.
Protesters lit fires, set off fireworks, pushed over light posts, and assaulted Trump supporters. The university and the Berkeley College Republicans evacuated the speaker out of concern for his safety.
Refuse Fascism claimed responsibility for organizing the protest at Berkeley. It's the same group that held a protest outside the National Press Club to disrupt the pro-Trump DeploraBall event the day before the president's inauguration.
In response to the group's shut down of the Yiannopoulos event, Refuse Fascism posted on its blog:
“Last night, thousands of students, professors and others protested the appearance and organizing rally of Milo Yiannopoulos, a major fascist operative, shutting it down. This was righteous and much more like this is needed.”
On the Refuse Fascism website, the group identifies the Alliance for Global Justice (AFGJ) as its “fiscal sponsor.” AFGJ states on its mission page that it supports stronger grassroots movements for social and economic change.
While there doesn't appear to be any immediate connections between Soros and AFGJ, there have been some loose accusations over the years.
Matthew Vadum, senior vice president at conservative think tank Capital Research Center, reported in 2011 that the Open Society had granted AFGJ more than $100,000 since 2004. At the time, it was speculated by Reuters that Soros was funding Occupy Wall Street through groups similar to AFGJ.
The Independent Journal Review has reached out to AFGJ for clarity on whether or not such partnership exists between itself and the Open Society Foundations, or its founder, George Soros, but had not yet received comment at time of publication.