Desobediencia Civil en la Universidad de Puerto Rico: 25 de enero de 2011

Today saw more arrests in the ongoing action at the University of Puerto Rico (UPR). Massive cuts in public funding of higher education and fee hikes have seen a wave of student strikes and direct action since April last year. What began as a 48-hour strike on the Rio Piedras Campus, spread to ten other campuses in the UPR system, and ultimately closed down the Rio Piedras Campus for 60 days.

The students are fighting back with an indefinite strike and sit-in organized by the El Comité de Representación Estudiantil (CRE).

Claiming that the shutdown had hit university funds further, the administration have decided to penalize students with an $800 surcharge on enrollment, on top of other fee increases. A dirty coalition of police and private security have been brought in to break up the student action at the behest of the university administration and government. Today saw more civil disobedience, with students occupying the gates to the Faculty of Natural Sciences, as well as more arrests of student activists and leaders, including Ricardo Olivero, founder of the students’ station Radio Huelga (Strike Radio).

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