The University of Puerto Rico remains paralyzed by a student strike that has lasted more than five weeks, engrossing the entire island. Students shut down the campus on April 21 over austerity measures that university officials sought in order close a massive budget shortfall. The strike at the university, which serves 62,000 students, reflects wider economic troubles in Puerto Rico.
Students are barricaded behind campus gates under heavy police watch. Supporters have been hurling food and water over campus fences to reach the students, resulting in violent confrontations with police.