Puerto Rican strikers victorious

SAN JUAN, June 17.— The student movement from the University of Puerto Rico (UPR) today achieved its first victory in the 107-year history of the institution, by securing endorsement of the four fundamental demands that they have been striking over for the past 56 days.

The final agreement on the issue of sanctions establishes that the university authorities will not be able to suspend or expel any striker by way of a summary trial. Likewise, it was agreed not to bring charges against students or members of the academic community who, exercising their rights, have participated in demonstrations, meetings or any other activity related to the strike, Cubadebate reports.

Another significant achievement is that the Trustees Junta is obliged not to increase matriculation fees via a special quota at the start of next semester. It was also agreed to abolish the controversial Certification 98 on matriculation exemptions and the agreement acknowledged the impossibility of privatizing any of the facilities under the Private Public Alliances, the motive behind the student strike.

Over the next five days, the students are to convene assemblies in all the faculties to ratify the agreements, after which administrative and academic tasks will be reestablished.

Translated by Granma International


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