Skip to comments.17 detained as PR university strike turns violent
Posted on 12/21/2010 2:32:05 PM PST by La Lydia
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- At least 17 people have been detained as students at the largest public university in the Caribbean clashed with police during an indefinite strike over a new fee, officials said Tuesday. Hundreds of students launched the strike a week ago to demand that university officials eliminate an $800 yearly fee that will be imposed next year to help reduce the system's budget deficit. ... A similar strike in April over the fee and other issues paralyzed the university for nearly two months.
The violent clash Monday afternoon began when several people threw smoke bombs inside the University of Puerto Rico. The bombs activated sprinklers in a library, damaging books and computers, police said in a statement ... suspects are expected to appear in court Tuesday afternoon to face charges including inciting a riot and damage to property.
Students later tried to break into a police station near the university as they threw rocks and other objects and also damaged a patrol car, Police spokeswoman Damaris Pereira said. Several officers were slightly injured...
The university's budget was recently cut from $9 billion to $7 billion a year.
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What, exactly, do these students claim as their bargaining leverage?
Does anyone know what they are paying without this increase?
An end to their violent temper tantrums. Apparently holding your breath till your face turns blue no longer works.
Idiots.......College Tuition Everywhere is a TOTAL RIP-OFF and if you do student loans you are really a sap.
California, UK, and now PR. All due to college tuition increases.
It’s kinda cute. :)
7 billion seems awfully high. UCLA opperates for under 5 billion.
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