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Sit-In at U. of Minnesota Ends With Arrests

A group of student activists at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities staged a sit-in on Monday at the office of the university’s president, citing concerns about a lack of diversity on the campus, according to news reports.

The students presented a list of demands that included, among other things, putting more emphasis on racial and ethnic diversity in hiring practices and providing more money for the university’s ethnic-studies program, the Star Tribune reported.

In a statement released Monday afternoon, the university said it supported “the right of free speech and peaceful protest,” adding that it was committed to increasing campus diversity. But the protest ended just before 8 p.m. on Monday with 13 arrests, the newspaper reported. In a later statement, the university said the arrests had come “as a last resort after trying to have a dialogue for nearly seven hours.”

The group that organized the protest, Whose Diversity?, said on its Twitter account that a bail fund was being set up to support the jailed protesters.

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