Ongoing student protests continue at the University of Puerto Rico. The university raised fees by $800 this year, prompting sit-ins and demonstrations that have been met with extreme police violence and mass arrests. Students, joined by unionists, continued protesting this week, with numbers high enough to force a retreat by heavily armed police.
|Images from the Occupy CA website|
Last Spring, students took over all 11 campuses of the University for 30 days, forcing the administration to delay the tuition hike and other cuts. In December, police occupied the campus to prevent further unrest, as the administration attempted to re-impose the fee hike. The police occupation has continued since then, provoking students, who hadn’t seen such a show of force on their university in nearly two decades. Yesterday police beat students with batons and arrested 21. University professors have called for a 1-day strike in support of students.