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Protesters break-up news conference on UW Madison racial enrollment


MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Over 100 protestors interrupted a news conference in Madison Monday.

The Center for Equal Opportunity held the briefing to explain its data showing that UW Madison admits larger percentages of blacks and Hispanics – and they average lower test scores and class ranks than whites.

Center president Roger Clegg was about 45 minutes into his presentation at a hotel near the Madison campus, when at least one protestor found a back door and busted in.

Until then, the group was kept outside. A hotel worker tackled the first protestor, but others managed to get in. Once inside, the racially-mixed group chanted “Power to the People” and “We’re more than our scores.” At that point, Clegg ended his talk and left.

Madison Police were called, but they took no action.

The hotel’s manager later said protestors had tossed some of his workers to the ground during their entry.

The manager said the protestors wanted the police called because they wanted to be arrested.