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Student Strike Engulfs Research Activities

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Science  29 Oct 1999:
Vol. 286, Issue 5441, pp. 885-886
DOI: 10.1126/science.286.5441.885

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A student strike that has gripped Mexico's main university for 6 months has now spread to the school's research institutions. Faculty members have already been hampered by months of delays at student-controlled checkpoints, thefts of equipment, and other hassles, and last week some scientists spent hours negotiating for the right to keep their labs open. Mexican President Ernesto Zedillo so far has refused to intervene in apparent fear of stirring public opposition in an election year.