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The Nation : Protesters Vow to Hold School Building

February 14, 1988

Vowing to stay until their demands are met, black students occupied a building at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst to protest alleged racial harassment. Chancellor Joseph D. Duffey said the school would take no reprisals against the protesters. "They're not disrupting anything, yet," he said. The students stockpiled food and sleeping bags at the New Africa House on campus. "We consider the Third World control of the New Africa House to be a permanent one," said Rudy Krigger, a protester. He said there were about 125 minority protesters still in the building, taken over after talks with Duffey on a list of demands, which include prosecution of five white students accused of attacking two blacks after a dormitory party last weekend.

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