- Associated Press - Monday, February 9, 2015

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A daylong protest at University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler’s office has ended with 13 demonstrators arrested.

The students and their supporters were demanding greater on-campus racial and ethnic diversity.

Sixteen people began the protest around 11:30 a.m. Monday in Morrill Hall. The university says it warned demonstrators they would be trespassing if they stayed after the building closed.

After the building closed at 6 p.m., the university says protesters were given a chance to leave freely, and three did. Thirteen protesters remained in Kaler’s office and were arrested without incident.

The university says it took the action “as a last resort after trying to have a dialogue for nearly seven hours.”

The Star Tribune (https://strib.mn/1M7pDXO ) reports the protesters’ demands include greater racial and ethnic diversity in university hiring practices.

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Information from: Star Tribune, https://www.startribune.com


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