HUNDREDS of students, professors and other staff from the Complutense University of Madrid came out to protest Tuesday morning against the appointment of the regional president, Isabel Díaz Ayuso, as a distinguished alumnae.
Despite a massive police presence at the learning center, with up to 11 riot vans present, the protesters were able to organize their rally, in which they were heard chanting “Fascists out of the university” and “Long live the fight of the health workers’.
Ayuso, 44, and from the conservative Popular Party (PP), is accused by her critics of neglecting public services in the region, particularly the health system, which has seen a series of strikes in recent months.
He has also promoted a low-tax regime in Madrid since he came to power in August 2019.
According to the Europa Press news agency, the police tried to prevent the demonstrators from reaching the meeting point and only allowed the students who carried the student card that accredited their belonging to the Faculty of Information Sciences, where the meeting was scheduled to pass. award delivery. outside.
However, this caused problems for the Political Science students who also have classes in the building and they were not allowed inside.
There were also cries of support for the politician, including ‘Freedom’ and ‘Communists out of the university’.
The decision of the dean of the Complutense to honor Ayuso sparked an opposition petition that has obtained more than 1,200 signatures.
Some professors from the Information Sciences faculty also wrote a letter to the dean asking him to reverse his decision.
“It is an unacceptable position for the university to take at a time of pre-election campaign,” the letter said, referring to the upcoming regional elections this spring.
The university also rewarded a journalist from the state channel TVE, as well as the author Arturo Pérez Reverte.