Duke University protesters don’t plan to leave

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) – A doctoral student at Duke University says the nine protesters occupying a reception area outside the office of the school president for a fifth day have no immediate plans to leave the building.

Anastasia Karklina said in a phone interview Tuesday that the protesters have no plans to leave Allen Building “at this time.” The school closed the building to the public Tuesday and Wednesday.

Karklina is a member of Duke Students and Workers in Solidarity, which is organizing the protest. She says the protesters and their supporter are discussing what steps to take next.

The students want three administrators fired, including one involved in a dispute with a parking attendant. The attendant sued, accusing the administrator of using a racial slur.

Duke executive vice president Tallman Trask III has denied making any racial comment but apologized in a statement Monday.

The protesters also want a $15 minimum wage for all campus workers.

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