Governor: UPR students are ‘playing with fire’ with strike threats
By The Star Staff
Gov. Pedro Pierluisi Urrutia said Wednesday that University of Puerto Rico (UPR) students who are making declarations of a stoppage or strike at the university are “playing with fire.”
“The problem with these strikes, because we experienced it years ago during the administration of former governor Luis Fortuño, is that if it extends beyond a very short period of time, they endanger the accreditation of the University and its campuses,” the governor said in response to questions from the press. “That is why I say that this is playing with fire.”
“There are ways one can protest and express oneself, without going to the extreme of jeopardizing the accreditation of the university,” he added. “Because if the university lost that accreditation, then its future would be cut off, and we don’t want that.”
So far, students from the Río Piedras, Mayagüez, Humacao, Cayey and Bayamón campuses have approved indefinite strikes. They say it is part of a strategy of applying pressure so that the proposals for budget cuts at UPR contained in the debt adjustment plan, which is currently under evaluation by federal judge Laura Taylor Swain, are not approved.