May 7, 2012

Students Take Over City University in Michoacán

El Informador: Americas Program Original Translation

Members of the Coordinating University Students in Struggle (CUL) took over Ciudad Universidad campus facilities and the preparatory high school at the Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolás de Hidalgo (UMSNH).

The measure, which came after the issuing of a detention order for 10 students involved in the burning of official vehicles, affects more than 50,000 students currently in the final phase of the school year.

It began in campus facilities and spread to the high schools in different parts of institution, including the Colegio de San Nicolás, where an event to commemorate the birth of Miguel Hidalgo is being held.

The members of the CUL are demanding the release of the 10 students being held responsible for the theft and burning of the vehicles on April 28. They are being held in David Franco Rodríguez Prison.

It will be recalled that yesterday, Sunday, upon the expiration of the constitutional term extension requested by the defense, the judge decided to release three detainees and declared an arrest warrant for another ten, between the ages of 19 and 22 years of age. See Spanish Original 

Thus, students will have to face the charges of property damage as prisoners.

It should be mentioned that the state government announced its intention to appeal the release of the three young men who left the prison yesterday after deciding there is sufficient evidence to try them.

Translation by Michael Kane, Americas Program

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