Mere minutes into Thursday afternoon’s board of regents meeting at the University of Michigan, a group of protesters affiliated with the group BAMN (“By Any Means Necessary”) stormed past barricades, upended tables and rushed the regents themselves. Eight were reported arrested, only one of whom was a University of Michigan student.

BAMN describes itself on its website as a movement “fighting to defend public education, to defeat budget cuts for education, to defend public jobs and public services, to win college financial aid and citizenship for undocumented immigrant students, and to make every school, college, city, municipality and state a sanctuary for undocumented immigrants,” among other goals.

Speaking of bad press, the university’s president addressed the well-publicized cancellation of an “American Sniper” screening on campus because it “made students feel unsafe.”

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