Police end strike at university in Mexico City
- By: Sian Knight
The nine month sit-in at the National Autonomous University of Mexico has ended as more than 2200 police tore down barricades, took possession of the main campus in Mexico City, and arrested 632 students. The university is Latin America's largest educational institution, with a population of 270 000, and the site of Mexico's leading medical and law schools. The students' prolonged strike started in response to plans to increase fees from a nominal payment of around two US cents to US$70 (£43). This month's police action came a week after hundreds of students, angry at the disruption of lectures and opposed to the closure enforced by fellow students, stormed a building off campus with the aid of university security guards. Altogether 251 people were detained on that occasion, at least 37 were injured, and according to reports one student was killed.
The university has a history of bloodshed. In October