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This week I asked my cousin Fran, an actual student at the University of Puerto Rico, to blog about the recent violence and crisis occurring on the UPR’s Río Piedras campus. Ever since UPR Chancellor Dr. Ana Guadalupe was threatened and attacked by a small group of student strikers, which led to swift condemnations and statements by the island’s political leaders, criticism against the students has increased. But as my cousin points out in this bilingual post, his opinions speaks of a university administration that is partisan towards the Republican pro-statehood government of Luis Fortuño and repressive towards its students.

Here is my cousin’s post in both Spanish and English:

Yo repudio estos actos violentos hacia la rectora pues no es la manera de hacer las cosas. Al mismo tiempo entiendo la frustración del estudiantado quien ha sido atropellado y oprimido por esta misma señora. Una cosa no justifica la otra que conste que no estoy justificando violencia. Pero, si el gobierno y la administración no fuesen tan intransigentes este conflicto no tenia que llegar a lo que ha llegado.

Además debo añadir que la misma rectora echó leña al fuego como dicen por ahí cuando los estudiantes fueron a la facultad de arquitectura a pedir una reunión para iniciar un dialogo y le hicieron un reclamo sobre los 10,000 estudiantes que quedaron fuera gracias a la cuota de $800 al cual ella contesto, “RESUELVANSE!”

Lo que vemos es una administración completamente partidista y dispuesta a hacer lo que sea para implantar su agenda política en la Universidad que consiste en achicar la misma y eliminar lo que son programas como Ciencias Sociales, Bellas Artes, Humanidades etc. Esto lo vemos con los abusos y el uso de fuerza desproporcionada en contra del estudiantado para oprimirlo y tratar de callarlo. Repudio los actos violentos en contra de la rectora Ana Guadalupe pero a la vez repudio la intransigencia y corrupción de la administración universitaria y el gobierno.

Here is the English version of the post:

I condemn these violent acts against the Chancellor. It is not the way of doing things. At the same time I understand the frustration of students who have been insulted and oppressed by the same lady. One thing does not justify the other, and I state that I am not justifying violence. But if the government and administration weren’t so intransigent, this conflict would not have reached where it is at today.

I must also add that the same Chancellor fanned the flames to this conflict when students from the School of Architecture requested a meeting to open a dialogue with her to address the issue of the 10,000 students who could not attend the school due to the new fee of $800. She replied, “Resolve it yourself!”

What we see here is an administration completely partisan and willing to do whatever it takes to impose its political agenda on the University: which is to shrink it and remove programs like Social Sciences, Fine Arts, Humanities etc. We see the abuse and the use of disproportionate force against students with the sole purpose of oppressing and silencing them. I condemn the violent acts against Chancellor Ana Guadalupe yet I also condemn the intransigence and corruption of the university administration and government.

 

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