January 18, 2011; Maritza Stanchich:
The forced institutionalization of fees comes after violent clashes with strike police last week as the fees began to be processed on Thursday, when protesting students blocked workers from entering Plaza Universitaria, the administrative building housing the offices to process payments. The students brandished multilingual banners of “¡No a La Cuota!” and home-made shields of wood and plastic, some stenciled with “A Defender la UPR” slogans with the university’s emblematic clock tower. Strike police dislodged the students with full force, using tear gas, pepper spray and wielding batons and Taser guns, arresting seven, six of whom were later released without charges. One female student appeared to have been arbitrarily clubbed at her brow, and another hit by a car across campus on a main thoroughfare, Avenida Barbosa.
Full article at the Huffington Post.