University student anger erupts over Obama

HOLBROOK MOHR
Last updated 10:03 08/11/2012

Relevant offers

Americas

Diner tips Kiwi waitress $2000 after loving the food and service at small restaurant US military mistakenly ships live anthrax to labs in 9 states and South Korea Dying dog enjoys bucket list road trip Son of 'Barney' creator faces 15 years in prison for shooting neighbour The moment a woman sees her dead brother's face on another man's body Family in Texas is swept away by floodwaters Rain eases but more flooding likely in Texas Long-shot Republican George Pataki enters US Presidential race Potential new hominin species found Anthrax accidently sent to US labs by military

A protest at the University of Mississippi against the re-election of US President Barack Obama grew into a crowd of about 400 students with shouted racial slurs as rumours of a riot spread on social media.

Two arrests were reported. University officials say there were no injuries or property damage on Tuesday night (local time).

A university spokesman says the gathering began after midnight with 30 to 40 students protesting Obama's re-election but quickly grew. Rumours exploded on Twitter after student journalists posted a video calling the gathering a riot.

Chancellor Dan Jones condemned the disturbance, saying most students and faculty are "ashamed" of the actions of a few.

The incident comes a little more than 50 years after violent riots over the enrolment of James Meredith, the university's first black student.

Ad Feedback

- AP

Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content