University of Missouri protesters clashed with news reporters trying to cover demonstrations Monday, just hours after Mizzou President Tim Wolfe announced his resignation as result of rising race-related tensions.
Protesters at the Columbia, Missouri, campus were seen locking arms in an apparently successful effort to keep out members of the media.
"Media Being Bullied Here": Columbia Missourian newspaper reporter Jack Witthaus tweeted.
Media being bullied here. Told not to take pictures or video #ConceredStudent1950 https://t.co/qJkHy1Dhf4— Jack Witthaus (@Jack Witthaus) 1447088155.0
"Told not to take pictures or video," Witthaus added.
Columbia Missourian newspaper reporter Ellise Verheyen shot this video and posted it on Twitter. The footage shows a group of student locking arms to create a media "safe space" as they simultaenously chant, "Hey hey, ho ho, reporters have got to go."
"Hey hey, ho ho, reporters have got to go." @CoMissourian #ConcernedStudent1950 https://t.co/5YD4Zcao1j— Ellise Verheyen (@Ellise Verheyen) 1447087276.0
Safe space. #ConcernedStudent1950 @CoMissourian @CS_1950 https://t.co/aGq16RgW0a— Ellise Verheyen (@Ellise Verheyen) 1447087723.0
St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter Benjamin Hochman tweeted that one woman was chanting and asking her fellow protesters to "keep the press out."
Just took this video of a confrontation involving a reporter and those blocking the protest area on Mizzou's campus https://t.co/cFhQmrRE0u— Benjamin Hochman (@Benjamin Hochman) 1447087630.0
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