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Strike disrupts research at Puerto Rico's top university

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Science  26 May 2017:
Vol. 356, Issue 6340, pp. 793
DOI: 10.1126/science.356.6340.793

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Faculty at the University of Puerto Rico are struggling to maintain their research and teaching activities after a strike has shut down the island’s top university since late March. A decade-long recession has led to a financial crisis that has forced the government into bankruptcy and placed the territory under the control of an outside, presidentially appointed board. The strike began as a protest against proposed massive cuts in public spending, including higher education. But it has also become a vehicle for debate over the territory’s future and its political status, a question that will be put before voters next month in a nonbinding referendum.