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Puerto Rican Public University Students Strike Against Budget Cuts

HeadlineMar 30, 2017
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And in Puerto Rico, thousands of students at the territory’s largest public university launched a one-week strike Tuesday. The students are protesting plans by a federally appointed oversight control board to cut $450 million from the university’s budget to help pay the island’s debt to bondholders. This is psychology professor Mariolga Reyes Cruz.

Mariolga Reyes Cruz: “But really, the only ones who have being able to stop us and to make us think and address that crisis have been the students. A shutdown is not only a reaction to the situation, but it is also necessary to be outside of our daily routines and 'business as usual,' so we can have conversations and take on concrete actions.”

The striking students are demanding reforms including an end to budget cuts, no tuition increases, and an independent audit of Puerto Rico’s debt.

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