Students at the Dominican Republic’s largest public university, the Universidad Autonoma de Santo Domingo (Autonomous University of Santo Domingo; USAD), accused police of shooting three students during a protest. Dominican students had taken to the streets protesting an hike in tuition rates and speaking out against what they fear is the impending privatization of the university, claims university’s rector denied. Students also occupied the campus, holding a vigil to protest the increase in the cost of higher education, even as reports circulated that the school was going to shut off power to break up the protest, reports that the rector also denied. The students at USAD join their counterparts in Guatemala, Chile, Mexico, and even Canada, in taking to the streets to demand improvements and reform in their educational systems and to protest broader social inequalities.
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