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Nov 7, 2012 1:16 PM

Ole Miss protest gets out of hand, 2 arrested

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A protest against the re-election of President Barack Obama got out of hand at the University of Mississippi, and officials say racial slurs were tossed in a crowd that grew to about 400 students after rumors spread that a riot had broken out. Two arrests were reported but university officials say there were no injuries or property damage. A university spokesman says the gathering began after midnight with 30 to 40 students protesting Obama's re-election but quickly grew. Rumors exploded on Twitter after student journalists posted a video calling the gathering a riot. Chancellor Dan Jones on Wednesday condemned the disturbance, saying most students and faculty are "ashamed" of the actions of a few. He said inaccurate comments and photos posted on social media sites don't match police observations.

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