A group of approximately 30 university students took over the main campus of the Universidad de Chile late Thursday night. It is the first time the emblematic university has been occupied by students since the end of the “Chilean Winter” last year.
The occupation, or “toma,” follows a series of similar takeovers in Santiago high schools over the last two weeks. The Universidad de Chile occupation, however, is the first to take place on a university campus.“While we sleep comfortably in our houses, the secondary students occupy and re-occupy their schools and are violently evicted and detained,” the students said in a statement. “We cannot stay seated, arms crossed, while endless atrocities occur in front of our eyes.”
“Enough of the abuses, now is our time and we will make ourselves heard,” the statement continued. “We demand a return to the debate in favor of public, free, and quality education.”