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Puerto Rican students occupy four universities

Puerto Rican students occupy four universities By Alphonso Santana and Rafael Azul 28 Apr 2010 Students have occupied Puerto Rico's largest university, the University of Puerto Rico at Rio Piedras, in a suburb of San Juan. The protest is against Certification 98, a government decree, which cuts $100 million from the university budget and eliminates tuition waivers for some students. The student strikers are also demanding no increases in tuition or privatization of services. The cuts are part of the draconian austerity policies imposed by Governor Luis Fortuño on behalf of Wall Street, which included the sacking of 30,000 public sector workers in 2009.