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Student protests over budget cuts cripple campuses in Puerto Rico

May 21, 2010

University of Puerto Rico students have crippled an 11-campus system with more than 62,000 students, protesting budget cuts that they believe will unfairly hamper low-income students.

When the student locked the entry gates to campus on April 21, a confrontation with the police ensued, and university officials later decided to shut down the university.

The territory is struggling with a huge budget deficit and an unemployment rate of 16 percent. As the university system announced budget cuts, students demanded an alternative and a greater transparency for university finances.

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