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Date of Incident: May 18, 2022

Attack Types: Other

Institution(s):Central University of Venezuela

Region & Country:Americas | Venezuela

New or Ongoing:New Incident

On May 18, 2022, the Bolivarian National Police entered the campus of Central University of Venezuela (UCV) in an apparent effort to disrupt a nonviolent protest.

UCV employees had gathered on campus and begun marching to demonstrate concerning an ongoing labor dispute. Shortly thereafter, a group of police arrived on motorcycles. A number of protesters reportedly confronted the police, stating that their presence on campus was a violation of university autonomy and of Venezuelan law. According to available reporting, the confrontations were all nonviolent.

Scholars at Risk is concerned about the entry of police or government troops onto campus, in an effort to prevent, restrict, or otherwise limit a nonviolent protest by members of the higher education community. Such actions violate of university autonomy, and diminish academic freedom overall.