UNM students protest Trump election with campus ‘walk out’

UNM students protest Trump election with campus ‘walk out’

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Students at the University of New Mexico walked out Tuesday in protest of the election of Donald Trump.

The group organizing it put up posters across UNM’s campus and has been putting the word out on Facebook. They call it a movement to “reclaim campus and walk out against hate.”

“We did see a girl have her hijab ripped off her head while she was in the library by a student wearing a Trump t-shirt,” Sierra Ludington said.

“There’s been racist graffiti on the walls,” Jennifer Marley said. “Then on the night of his election I walked out to find ‘whites only’ banners.”

Many marching against what they say has been an increase in hate crimes against minorities.

More than 100 people joined in. The students gathered near the bookstore, then marched to the president’s office in Scholes Hall.

“We asking that our president give a bold statement that he will protect all his students and that we are safe on campus and that we will continue to be a place that honors diversity,” Ludington said.

But when President Bob Frank didn’t come out the crowd took to Central briefly and blocked lanes of traffic.

The university said President Frank wasn’t in Scholes Hall at the time of the protest.

The protest started at 3 p.m. Tuesday and began wrapping up around 5 p.m.

UNM said it has sent out emails telling students it doesn’t condone any types of attacks on students. Still no word if if President Frank will meet with this group.

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