Tuesday, 21 August 2012 22:46
Chile’s most powerful student organization votes to support the occupation of the main campus by wide majority.
The Student Federation of the Universidad de Chile (FECH) voted Tuesday night to support the occupation of the university’s main campus in downtown Santiago, which has been occupied
by a small group of students since Friday.
“With a quorum of 89 percent of university departments and 74 percent approval, the occupation of the main campus has been ratified,” FECH President Gabriel Boric said via Twitter. Only 2 percent voted against, according to FECH.
The vote comes at a critical time for Chile’s student movement. While high school students have been occupying schools throughout Santiago for the past two weeks, the occupation of the Universidad de Chile, however, holds special significance as the first university to host an officially-sanctioned occupation, or “toma.”Login to read more.
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Shortly after graduating from Beloit College in 2011, David booked a flight to Chile and found a passion for journalism at The Santiago Times.
Outside the Times, David has been published by organizations such as the World Policy Institute and the Midwest Journal for Undergraduate Research. He likes to keep up to date on current events around the world, and has a particular interest in the Americas.