December 19, 2014
Protesters clash with police in UBA's rector election
As the council of Buenos Aires University (UBA) was gathering at Congress this morning to elect the school’s new rector, a group of students tried to knock down the security fence that stopped them from taking part in the meeting. The police deployed water tanks while demonstrators denounced officers fired tear gas and rubber bullets at them.
Protesters belonging to the PO Workers Party were rallying outside Parliament in Buenos Aires city, some of them hooded, leading to violent incidents with riot police securing the building. Media at the scene reported security forces deployed water tanks with the students denouncing the police fired tear gas and rubber bullets at them.
The police had set a security operation, closing the Rivadavia and Entre Ríos Avenues and the Combated de los Pozos, Riobamba and Hipólito Yrigoyen streets.
Following the clashes, protesters left the area while other students were finally allowed to access the meeting.
Current UBA deputy rector and dean of the Economic Sciences Faculty Alberto Barbieri was elected to replace Rubén Hallú who has presided over the university since 2006.
Ahead of the council's gathering, the Buenos Aires University Federation (FUBA), headed by the PO party and another left-wing organization La Mella, had called for a vigil outside Congress demanding the “democratization” of the UBA, a vigil that unfortunatley resulted in today's violent incidents and repression.