At least a dozen students have been arrested at the University of Puerto Rico, where activists and officials quarrel over a $800 fee that officials want to institute to “help close a gaping budget deficit.” Officials say the University already slashed the school’s entire budget by $2 billion going from $9 billion to $7 billion.
Students were arrested for bringing fliers into campus, which constitutes a violation of university rules.
“The information we have is that they were interrupting the classes,” said Col. Sergio Rubín. “We arrived there because of a complaint by the university security.”
Student leaders oppose the arrests and allege that peacefully entering the university with fliers was an act they carried out only after receiving permission from sympathetic professors.
Giovanni Roberto, a student leader said that they weren’t trying to provoke police officers to arrest them, and that police used excessive force.
These arrests came the day after alleged vandals threw smoke bombs and break glasses in some campuses, protesting the $800 fee.
No arrests were made concerning those disturbances.