SAR’s Academic Freedom Monitoring Project investigates and reports attacks on higher education with the aim of raising awareness, generating advocacy, and increasing protection for scholars, students, and academic communities. Learn more.

Date of Incident: June 12, 2014

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances

Institution(s):Barquisimeto | University Fermín Toro

Region & Country:Americas | Venezuela

New or Ongoing:New Incident

On the morning of June 12, 2014, unknown assailants set off tear gas canisters on the campus of the University Fermin Toro, in Barquisimeto, Venezuela, injuring fourteen people, and affecting students as they took exams.  As of this report, no group has taken responsibility for the attack. 
Scholars at Risk is concerned about violence on university campuses.  Violent attacks against persons or property create unnecessary risks of physical harm to individuals and undermine academic freedom and institutional autonomy.