Hundreds of students at the University of Mississippi — aka Ole Miss — staged an impromptu demonstration against President Barack Obama’s re-election late Tuesday night, with conflicting reports on the number of people involved.
The Jackson Clarion-Ledger reported that about 200 people gathered in a parking lot outside a freshman dormitory, but witnesses told WMC-TV they estimated the number of protesters was around 300 or 400, with initial Twitter posts calling the gathering a “riot.”
Police broke up the disturbance around midnight on Tuesday, as captured on an amateur video posted on YouTube.
“People are actually running from the cops,” the unidentified woman filming the scene said. “The cops showed up and there was a big old group of people, and they are dispersing out here in front of Kincannon [dormitory]. I’d say there’s about a good 150, two [hundred] people out here. It’s majority white people, so that’s all I got to say about that.”
The student newspaper, The Daily Mississippian, reported that it started as an unspecified argument. Some witnesses reported hearing racial slurs during the ensuing demonstration.
Watch amateur footage of the disturbance, posted early Wednesday morning on YouTube, below.
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