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Date of Incident: June 09, 2023

Attack Types: Other

Institution(s):National Autonomous University of Mexico

Region & Country:Americas | Mexico

New or Ongoing:New Incident

On June 9, 2023, students from the Faculty of Arts and Design took to the streets near the main campus of  National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) to demand greater security on campus and a stronger response by the UAM administration to reports of sexual harassment.

The protest, initially peaceful, took place after UNAM failed to address a case of sexual abuse reported by a woman studying in the Faculty of Arts and Design. As the protest neared its end, a group of hooded individuals joined. They set off firecrackers, threw Molotov cocktails near the rectory, defaced the Central Library with paint, and started fires near the rectory’s entrance, causing burns to some students.

Scholars at Risk is concerned about violence occurring in the course of a protest, including the destruction of campus property and infrastructure. Such acts erode the right to education, and diminish everyone’s access to a safe, free and open university space. State and campus authorities should take all reasonable measures to prevent and respond to such incidents, including ensuring campus security and conducting prompt and thorough investigations, as appropriate.

Sources:
CAFA Report (Informe de casos y tendencias sobre libertad académica y autonomía universitaria en las Américas Noviembre 1 de 2022 – Junio 30 de 2023 )
https://www.jornada.com.mx/2023/06/10/politica/011n1pol
https://lasillarota.com/metropoli/2023/6/9/vandalismo-pinta-paramilitar-en-la-unam-tras-marcha-en-cu-432620.html
https://heraldodemexico.com.mx/nacional/2023/6/9/videos-vandalismo-en-la-unam-asi-fue-como-quemaron-pintaron-rectoria-la-biblioteca-central-512841.html

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El 9 de junio de 2023, estudiantes de la Facultad de Artes y Diseño tomaron las calles cercanas al campus principal de la Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) para exigir mayor seguridad en el campus y una respuesta más contundente por parte de la administración de la UAM ante las denuncias de acoso sexual. La protesta, en principio pacífica, tuvo lugar después de que la UNAM no atendiera un caso de abuso sexual denunciado por una mujer que estudiaba en la Facultad de Artes y Diseño. Cuando la protesta se acercaba a su fin, se unió un grupo de individuos encapuchados.

Hicieron estallar petardos, lanzaron cócteles molotov cerca de la rectoría, hicieron grafitis en la Biblioteca Central y provocaron incendios cerca de la entrada de la rectoría, causando quemaduras a algunos estudiantes.

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Scholars at Risk (SAR) is a member of the Coalition for Academic Freedom in the Americas (CAFA), and partners with CAFA on Americas-focused monitoring activities. Relevant incidents, with factual details translated into Spanish, appear on both SAR and CAFA websites.

Scholars at Risk (SAR) es una institución que integra la Coalición por la Libertad Académica en las Américas (CLAA). SAR trabaja junto con la CLAA en el monitoreo de situaciones en las Américas. Los incidentes relevantes que reportamos, con descripción de hechos detallados en español, aparecen tanto en los portales de SAR como de la CLAA.