Student activists from the University of Puerto Rico speak at NYU

For almost a year now students from the University of Puerto Rico (UPR) have been organizing demonstrations in protest of education budget cuts in Puerto Rico.  In December of last year, the protests turned violent when student demonstrations, precipitated by a proposed $800 annual tuition increase, were met with violent repression. Police officers and private guards used excessive force against student protesters, who retaliated, also wounding some security officers. The protests have shut UPR down multiple times.

As the protests continue, Representative Luis Guiterrez and the American Civil Liberties Union have come out in opposition to excessive force used against students.

On Monday, the protests took another violent turn when students attacked Interim Chancellor Dr. Ana Guadalupe.

Tonight at New York University,  students activists will participate in a panel discussion titled, “UPR No Se Vende.”

¡UPR No Se Vende! – Thursday, March 10th, 7:00pm-9:00pm
Presenter: Arturo Otlahu Rios, Giovanni Roberto Caez, Lourdes Santiago Negron, Pedro Manuel Lugo

Students seeking cultural and educational equity from the administration of the University of Puerto Rico and government will discuss the issues that have caused massive demonstrations …seeking social justice which have closed the University of Puerto Rico. The repressive strategies by the university and government will also be addressed.

Location: Room 703 of Silver Building, 33 Washington Place, New York University, New York, NY 10003
Time: 7:00pm-9:00pm

View the event poster

Von Diaz – M.A. Latin American and Caribbeans Studies / M.A. Journalism

Published by Von Diaz

Von Diaz is a writer and radio producer based in New York City. She is a self-taught cook who explores Puerto Rican food, culture, and identity through memoir and multimedia. Her work has been featured on NPR, American Public Media, StoryCorps, WNYC, PRI’s The World, BuzzFeed, Colorlines, and Feet in 2 Worlds.

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