A video released today by a Puerto Rican YouTube channel shows an English professor from the University of Puerto Rico fighting with students, after the professor demanded that the striking students open the gates for other university students who wanted to attend classes. Recent media coverage about the university strike has begun to reach the mainstream media in the United States.
The professor in question is James Peter Colan, a member of the University’s English Department on the Río Piedras campus. We contacted Professor Colan tonight to see if he would like to issue a statement, and if he does, we will share it on this blog. In the meantime, here is the video unedited and without commentary (the fight begins around 1:56):