Friday, January 28, 2011

Puerto Rico: Violence Continues as Students Engage in Civil Disobedience

Mother supports her son.
Photo by Jesús Vázquez, of Desde Adentro.
Republished from Rojo Gallito/Desde Adentro under a CC License.*
On January 20th, students from the University of Puerto Rico (UPR) started staging almost daily acts of civil disobedience at the Río Piedras campus as part of their strike against the $800 dollar annual fee imposed by the administration. The Police has already arrested at least 100 students and assaulted journalists who have been covering the protests.
Students also participated in a sit-in on Thursday January 27 in front of and nearby the Capitolio, the building that houses the Legislature, in the capital San Juan. Students were petitioning senators and representatives to approve legislation that would give funds to the UPR in order to avoid the imposition of the special tuition fee. Regular and special police forces used tear gas and rubber bullets against students and journalists. The situation turned into chaos and protesters ran into a nearby park where tensions mounted. Here is a video and images of the day:

Arrest during protest in fron of the Legislature. 
Photo by Aura Colón Solá from Rojo Gallito/Desde Adentro 
And republished under a CC License.*