PIP Senator to Join UPR Student Strike
SAN JUAN – The senator and gubernatorial candidate for the Puerto Rican Independence Party (PIP), María de Lourdes Santiago, said she will be present Wednesday afternoon in support of organizers’ demands at the start of a 48-hour strike decreed at the University of Puerto Rico’s (UPR) Mayagüez Campus (RUM).
“In solidarity with the students and in harmony with my background and history defending public education, I’ll be there. I owe the public school system all of my professional development. I went to public elementary, middle and high schools in Adjuntas and then earned my degree in law at the Río Piedras campus of the UPR,” the senator said.
She explained that public education creates a democratic society and the announcement of further cuts to the public university threatens that essential function of the state.
Mayagüez students have decreed a 48-hour strike as part of their call for protecting the public university.
“They’ve also called on the university community to not allow separating the UPR from the crisis plaguing the country, and for which the government has had no further proposals than to continue carrying out austerity measures for those who have less and the continuation of privileges for those who have more,” Santiago said.
She added that, along with her colleagues in the PIP national ballot, Juan Dalmau (Senate), Denis Márquez (House) and Hugo Rodríguez (resident commissioner), “all graduates of the UPR, we are in solidarity with college youth and support their call. “