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(Mexico, UNAM, Protesters Surrender Administration Building AtMexican University

From DAMN <damn@tao.ca>
Date Sun, 12 Mar 2000 15:06:58 -0500


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Students ended their takeover of the main administration building at the
National Autonomous University of Mexico on Wednesday after having occupied
the complex for 57 hours. 
  
The protesters grudgingly agreed to honor the wishes of the General Strike
Council, which had voted to give up the building. They declared that they
were not giving it back but simply leaving. "From this moment on, we are not
responsible for what can happen" in the building, they warned. 
  
The students left behind broken windows and wrecked furniture. Paychecks for
some 40,000 university workers will not be distributed on time because the
university had been unable to transfer to the bank the payroll funds locked
inside the administration building. 
  
The protesters had seized the building to oppose the continued detention of
180 students out of 1,000 who were arrested last month. Police swept the
campus on February 6 in an early-morning raid, effectively ending an
occupation that had paralyzed the university for 10 months. 
  
Although the protesters who took over the administration building this week
have left, parents of the students still in jail remained camped out in
front of the building Thursday, vowing not to leave until their children
were released.



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