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Four arrested at UNC Board of Governors meeting

Four protesters were arrested while protesting Tuesday's UNC Board of Governor's meeting.

UNC Public Safety officers arrested and charged Irving Allen, Femi Mimi Brown Shittu, Jen Myers and Madeleine Scanlon with disrupting an official meeting and resisting arrest, according to a Facebook post by Bryan Perlmutter, director of Ignite NC, an activist organization focused on social justice issues in the state. 

Myers and Scanlon are both UNC-CH students, according the University directory. Allen and Shittu are students at North Carolina A&T, said fellow protestor and UNC student Shannen Brien. 

One of the individuals was also charged with assaulting a public official, said Joni Worthington, spokesperson for the UNC-system. Worthington did not specify who of the four was given the additional charge. 

The protests began during a presentation from the educational planning committee, which proposed cutting programs at East Carolina University, said Marty Kotis, board member. 

Among those protesting were the UNControllables, UNC's anarchist group; the local chapter of SEIU Faculty Forward, a national campaign for adjunct faculty; Ignite NC; and UNC-Chapel Hill BOG Democracy Coalition.

The protests were originally planned for the Board meeting scheduled on Jan. 22 at N.C. A&T University, which was rescheduled for Tuesday due to inclement weather. 

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