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Students protesting Ferguson met with disappointingly varying responses

Last night, students took to the streets of campus and campustown protesting the Ferguson Grand Jury’s decision last week not to indict Darren Wilson. Holding signs that said “Black lives matter” and chanting “Hands up! Don’t shoot!,” the large group of peaceful protesters recieved support from onlookers and their tweets and online comments, however other posts, particularly on social media app Yik Yak, show that ignorance still runs free on the internet.

Below are some of the tweets from last night under the hashtag #UIUC:

The Daily Illini cover story today provides interviews that clarify the organizers’ and protesters’ perspective.

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