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(en) Mexico, UNAM, Violence begun by anti-strikers brings cops to UNAM,Feb

From zo-en@deliberate.com
Date Thu, 3 Feb 2000 10:04:24 -0500

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> Date: Wed, 02 Feb 2000 17:10:23 -0400
> From: Alex Lopez-Ortiz <alopezo@unb.ca>
> To: mexicoxxi@interlab.cs.unb.ca

    University of Mexico strike
    erupts in violence

    February 2, 2000 
    Web posted at: 9:32 AM EST (1432 GMT) 

    MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Dozens of
    students were in police custody
    Wednesday after students
    clashed over a 9-month-old
    strike at Latin America's largest

Students angry with
schoolmates who have been
occupying the main campus at National Autonomous University
of Mexico to protest tuition hikes threw rocks and bottles at
their activist classmates Tuesday. 

One person was killed and 37 others injured in clashes between
the two groups at Justo Sierra high school, which is part of the
university campus. 

Most of the 251 people arrested were detained on suspicion of
disturbing the peace and riotous behavior. Three students are
accused of having firebombs and other explosives. 

"This has been a day of profound sadness for the university,"
said Rector Juan Ramon de la Fuente. "Violence is the antithesis
of the university." 

The skirmish began early Tuesday when 200 students opposed to
the strike forced their way onto the campus of the high school.
Tossing rocks and waving sticks, they forced the strikers to
abandon the high school, which they have held and barricaded
since April 20. 

Soon after, 150 people identified by de la Fuente as members
of the university's security force arrived to help the
anti-strikers defend the campus. 

But by late afternoon, more strikers arrived and they were able
to retake the campus. 

One man was died from stab wounds to the chest, said
ambulance driver Antonio Ramirez. At least four others suffered
skull fractures. 

Three striking students were arrested outside the school and
charged with possession of gasoline bombs. 

Four hundred federal police officers took control of the school
late Tuesday. They rounded up the strikers without resistance
and took 148 of them to jail. 

Interior Secretary Diodoro Carrasco said the university had
requested the police intervention, despite statutes that bar
police from entering university grounds to preserve academic

Dr. Alex Lopez-Ortiz                                Assistant Professor
Fac. of Computer Science                    University of New Brunswick
Fredericton, N.B. Canada E3B 5A3         http://www.cs.unb.ca/~alopez-o
Phone: (506)-447-3336                               Fax: (506)-453-3566

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