[News] Support the striking students in Puerto Rico
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Sun May 16 15:14:53 EDT 2010
Support the striking students in Puerto Rico
Governor of Puerto Rico
P.O. Box 9020082
San Juan, PR 00902-0082
Dear Governor Fortuño,
As the non-confrontational strike of
students at the University of Puerto Rico
continues, those of us in the United States are
watching with great concern as events unroll.
The students demands, including
repeal of Certification 98, which limits and in
some cases eliminates tuition waivers for
students; guarantees there will be no tuition
increases; no privatization of the university or
of university services; and implementation of
their alternatives for the budget cutbacks
demands which are supported by the vast majority
of Puerto Rican civil society are reasonable.
Your Board of Trustees, which has consistently
rejected the students demand for dialogue,
should immediately dialogue with the students and
allow this promising generation of Puerto Ricans
to resume its education at the nations public university system.
The presence of your police shock
troops surrounding the university is not only
provocative, but they have already assaulted
students, parents and the media. You should
withdraw these aggressive troops immediately, and ensure that they harm no one.
Puerto Rico The Strike Continues
Posted on May 16, 2010 by <http://www.dailyhotnews.org/author/preto/>preto
The strike at the University of Puerto Rico
entered its twenty-fourth day. Puerto Rico Strike
has become worse because of the Puerto Rico
earthquake.This day includes a demonstration by
artists of the court which convened for the
students food and water in the Rio Piedras
campus. Yesterday there were clashes with police
because they were prevented from delivering food to the strikers.
Here the impact of today, Sunday.
1:50 pm-Victor Rodriguez, chairman of the Broad
Front of Teamsters, said his directive to the
drivers of the country is not to cross picket
lines. The truckers made their position clear
on the 15th of October
we will support all the
people of Puerto Rico in seeking justice and
students are setting an example of civility and
democracy and the Government is setting an
example of dictatorship and fascism, he said.
1:35 pm-The demonstration called by the union
coalition continues to grow. It takes two lanes
Pond De Leon Avenue and extends from just before
the gate of the Ponce de Leon Avenue to access
Social Sciences. Chop, chop, picketing and De la
Torre falters, sung by the young among other slogans.
1:20 pm-Alumni of the University of Puerto Rico
(UPR) showed their solidarity with the striking
students from the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona,
one of the famous monuments of this city.
We know of many Puerto Ricans living abroad like
us, who are very concerned and attentive to what
is happening at the UPR, we decided to create the
group Boricuas in support of the UPR since the
World (http:/ /
and peoples response has been immediate, are
extremely grateful and excited with all the
messages, said Aurora Muriente Pastrana, one of
the students who participated in protest in
Tarragona who is doing a masters degree in archeology.
The group was created on Saturday afternoon and
several hours later it had about 300 members.
Puerto Ricans, many of them graduates of the UPR,
have shown solidarity with the strike of students
from cities such as Barcelona, Madrid, Salamanca,
Granada and Seville in Spain, Prague in the Czech
Republic, Vienna in Austria, Cologne in Germany,
Buenos Aires Argentina, New York, Florida, South
Carolina, North Dakota and Houston in the United
States, Montreal in Canada, Kunsan in South Korea
in Seoul, Daegu, Belfast in Northern Ireland,
France, England and Nicaragua, and other cities the world.
1:05 pm-A group of parents was able to throw bags
into the building water, roasted chicken and
other food. A group of cadets tried to stop, but
on arrival was very late. Young people took the food and ran.
24:50, continues to grow in number of
participants the event that takes place in the
grounds of the campus. Students have joined with
loudspeakers from inside the campus. At 1:00 p.m.
is supposed to start the march organized by trade unions.
12:30 p.m. Parents and citizens who have people
close to the grounds of the campus to show their
support began picketing gate Ponce De Leon Ave.
I do not want blood inside or outside. We will
push, because this negotiation we will win, said the mother Rosalinda Soto.
A group of educators at the Teachers Association
and the president of the agency, Aida Diaz,
joined the picket line. Also present is the actor René Monclova.
24:23-Gabriel Laborde, president of the General
Student Council of the UPR RP, described as
incredible that it is easier to get drugs into a
prison meals to these students. The university
has not ruled out to bring these claims before
any international organization that works with
civil and human rights. He further noted that one
should not return to the negotiating table until
they terminated the order not to allow food and water to enter the campus.
12:12 p.m. reopen Ponce De Leon Ave. Only one
lane is open for regular traffic. Police took two
lanes and the AMA is taken by students.
24:10-Used for ornament of the Municipality of
San Juan cleaned the rice that fell to the ground
during the altercation that sucitó this morning.
24:08-José Torres Valentin, observer of the Bar
Association alleged that the police removed a
tent that parents and teachers had been placed
near the entrance to the exhibition by Gándara
Avenue. We talk to the police, who said that it has to be.
24:03 The police do shift change agents keep
watch so far in front of the main gate. 22 agents were withdrawn.
12:00 Ponce de Leon Avenue was closed to
vehicular traffic. Police kept occupying two
lanes. The service of the AMA has also been interrupted by the above procedure.
11:23 a.m.-René Vargas, Estudiantl Negotiating
Committee member, regretted the incident between
artists and members of the police when first
tried to enter the fair food. I think this
demonstrates the level reached by the
insensitivity of the administration and the
government to keep things as basic as water and
food to collapse and die from starvation, he said visibly distressed.
11:18 a.m.-singing artists are held in Ponce De
Leon Ave. Silverio Perez has taken his guitar to
sing several songs for the students. Long live
the students! Shouted the end of the song.
11:06 a.m.-artists and protesters against the
police continue applauding as a sign of rejection
of behaviors that have arisen. Learners are at
the gate shouting slogans in protest of the order
not to miss meals. Currently they started singing
along with Silverio Perez and Danny Rivera I want people to laugh and sing.
10:59 a.m.-About 100 officers from different
police units recently mobilized to the gate of
the Ponce de Leon Avenue at the insistence of a
group of artists led by Silverio Perez to deliver
food to the students that are within the campus.
A tray of rice fell on the floor, among other foods.
10:45 a.m. Silverio Pérez is in talks with
Colonel Field Operations in San Juan, Leovigildo
Vazquez, to enter food to students who are inside
the enclosure. Vazquez insisted that they order
to prevent such management. Further alleged that
by 24 days the young people have managed to bring
in food to the hall, and there has never been given access to such effects.
10:43 a.m.-Amnesty International asserts that
acts carried out by the administration of the
University of Puerto Rico on the morning of May
14, 2010, violate several human rights set out in the Universal Declaration.
We understand that all these actions are aimed
at preventing the free expression of students and
their right to a democratic (strike) and duly
endorsed by the student body and academic
institution. We demand to demonstrate his
readiness for dialogue and openness to the
process of negotiation, the administration of the
UPR, Rector and Board of Trustees, agreed to
withdraw the strike force in the vicinity of the
University, allowing access to water and food
demonstrators in university facilities, restoring
water service facilities and resume the
negotiation process in an open and transparent, it said.
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