In a turn of events, the Provost Ana Guadalupe decided to close the campus. There are Police officers at every gate prohibiting the entry and exit of people. The students remain inside. Issues regarding the rights to free expression and association are being discussed in the courts. The UPR has appealed a decision that favored the students. The case is now in the hands of the Supreme Court. Since Río Piedras started the protest, at least four other units have joined [ES]. The UPR has a total of 11 campuses in the Island.
Students protest in the Río Piedras campus. Photo by Ricardo Alcaraz. Originally published in Diálogo under a CC License.
Students throw flowers to police officers. Photo by Ricardo Alcaraz. Originally published in Diálogo under a CC License.
One of the most original activities the students have undertaken has been to start the blog Desde adentro [ES]. A complete staff of student reporters, editors and photographers are blogging about many of the political, economic, and social issues that are affecting the UPR. They are covering the array of activities they have organized, and also doing important fact-checking of politicians' messages and comments. The Student Press Collective has also opened a channel on YouTube. The chief editor of the blog, Aura Colón Solá, explains the blog's mission:
El derecho a la información y la libertad de prensa son básicos para el desarrollo de la educación del Pueblo y la creación de este colectivo tiene como base este objetivo. Necesitamos crear espacios de información libres de mediadores donde todos y todas tengamos un acceso directo a la información. La creación de este canal por Youtube y este blog le brinda al estudiantado en lucha una herramienta para publicar sus reclamos, informar sobre las negociaciones con la administración, denunciar prácticas lesivas y documentar todo este proceso formativo.
The right to have access to information and freedom of press are fundamental rights in the education of a country. This is the objective behind the creation of this collective. We have to create spaces in which information can flow freely: where each one of us has access to information. The creation of the YouTube channel and this blog will offer students in this struggle a tool they can use to publish their claims, inform about the negotiations with the administration, denounce bad practices, and document this formative process.