Venezuela: Students Seize University

On Mar. 28, students and professors at the state-run Central University of Venezuela (UCV) began protests to demand a "revolution" in higher education, in support of the stated aims
of the populist government of President Hugo Chavez.

On Mar. 28, students and professors at the state-run Central University of Venezuela (UCV) began protests to demand a quot;revolutionquot; in higher education, in support of the stated aims
of the populist government of President Hugo Chavez.

The protests began with violence as a group of students threw tear gas canisters at security guards and vandalized offices. UCV rector Giuseppe Gianetto responded by cancelling classes, while the government condemned the violence and appealed for dialogue.

On Mar. 29, some 1,000 students and professors occupied key buildings at the 51,000-student university, the country’s largest. Hundreds of students set up makeshift tents on campus and vowed to remain there until the government replaces the school’s leadership, which they say belongs to a conservative elite.

[Wall Street Journal 3/30/01; El Nuevo Herald 3/29/01 from AP; El Diario-La Prensa (NY) 3/30/91 from AFP]

Author: Weekly News Update on the Americas

News Service: Nicaragua Solidarity Network of NY

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