Members of the ‘Coordinator of Struggling University Students’ organization or CUL took over University of Michoacan campus facilities as well as the San Nicolás de Hidalgo preparatory school. The take over is in protest to the detention order issued to the ten students allegedly involved in the burning of officials vehicles.
The takeover affects more than 50,000 students getting ready to finish the academic year.
The protest began on campus and extended into the preparatory schools located at different points of the university. Colegio San Nicolás, one of the university prep schools, which will be holding an event commemorating the birth of Miguel Hidalgo, was also involved in the takeover.
The members of CUL demanded the release of the ten students facing charges for the burning of official vehicles on April 28th. The students are currently being held in the David Franco Rodríguez prison. This past Sunday, the judge assigned to the case, released three of the detainees yet issued a warrant for the arrest of ten other suspects ranging in ages from 19-22 years old. The students will have to face property damage charges while in prison.
The state government announced its decision to appeal the release of the three students after stating that sufficient evidence existed for trial.