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Monday April 22, 2013

Hooded Protesters Overtake Mexico’s UNAM President’s Office

Hooded Protesters Overtake Mexico’s UNAM President’s Office

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A group of “people with their faces covered” occupied the office of the president of the National Autonomous University of Mexico, or UNAM, over the weekend to protest the expulsion of five students and make several other demands, officials of the Mexico City-based university said.

“People with their faces covered have once again attacked the UNAM,” the Office of Directors of Schools, Institutes and Centers said in a statement.

The building was occupied on Sunday, two days after students staged a protest march at the UNAM, Mexico’s largest university and one of Latin America’s leading higher education institutions, officials said.

The university provides adequate channels for students to seek a redress of grievances and lodge complaints, the UNAM said.

About 200 students from the School of Sciences and Humanities, one of the UNAM’s university preparatory schools, marched down one of Mexico City’s main avenues last Friday to Ciudad Universitaria, the institution’s main campus.

Some 15 hooded students burst into the building that houses the president’s office and occupied it to demand the reinstatement of five students from the School of Sciences and Humanities’ campus in Naucalpan, a Mexico City suburb, who were expelled for vandalism on Feb. 5.