Eight protesters arrested at U-M after storming into meeting

A group of protesters were broke into a Board of Regents meeting at the University of Michigan Thursday.

Eight were arrested after demanding more diversity during a protest.

This video shows chaos involving a group of protesters who overturned tables disrupting the board meeting.

The group BAMN, which stands for "By Any Means Necessary" is responsible for the disruption. According to their website, they are "A coalition to defend affirmative action, integration, and fight for equality." 

They want more minorities on campus. 

Police say it wasn't the right way to go about getting their message heard.

"The position of the university and the Division of Public Safety and Security is to promote the exchange of ideas," said Lt. Jesse Lewit from the University of Michigan Department of Public Safety. 

Police say that most of the arrests were of people who are not even students at Michigan. 

"We had indications that several groups might protest here," Lewit said. "And they represent a wide variety of different claims."

When the disruption inside the meeting room was cleared, the Board of Regents conducted their business while campus police dealt with more protesters outside in the hallway, continuing to chant.. 

Despite the confrontation, no one was hurt.. 

"We were happy that nobody got injured," Lewit said. "And that the meeting got to continue without further incident."

Regent Mark Bernstein released a statement on the incident:

"It's essential that students engage in this vital issue in a way that is civil and productive, these types of tactics don't do that." 
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