A student strike in the state-run University of Puerto Rico-Río Piedras that began in December 2010 against an imposed fee and privatization of the institution has been brutally repressed by police; more than 150 students have been arrested in an unprecedented escalation of police brutality. Journalists have also had their share with several of them attacked and one arrested as they try to cover the events. This is the second time police forces have entered and occupied the main campus. The first time was in 1981.
As President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton call for prudence in Egypt, they turn the blind eye to the attack on the most basic speech rights in its colonial enclave of Puerto Rico.
Mainstream media has largely ignored these violations in a colony that the US occupies since 1898.
Governor Luis Fortuño's response to the student strike has demonstrated the lengths to which his administration will go to repress all dissent. The governor has 26,000 public sector employees, nullified public sector union contracts, and gutted the budgets of cultural, educational and social agencies, including the University of Puerto Rico. Early in his term, he activated the National Guard for civilian purposes, to the public outcry of civil and human rights groups.