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Raid on Three Mexican Teachers’ Universities

By Alex Johnston
Epoch Times Staff
Created: October 16, 2012 Last Updated: October 17, 2012
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Mexican policemen surround a group of students under arrest after a violent protest following the breakdown of talks with the state government on a syllabus, in Tiripetio, Michoacan State, on Oct.15. A confrontation between policemen and students of three schools of Michoacan State, western Mexico, left 176 people arrested and 10 uniformed men injured. (Enrique Castro/AFP/Getty Images)

Mexican policemen surround a group of students under arrest after a violent protest following the breakdown of talks with the state government on a syllabus, in Tiripetio, Michoacan State, on Oct.15. A confrontation between policemen and students of three schools of Michoacan State, western Mexico, left 176 people arrested and 10 uniformed men injured. (Enrique Castro/AFP/Getty Images)

Mexican authorities arrested 176 people in raids on three teachers’ universities that were taken over by student protesters in the western state of Michoacan, it was reported Tuesday.

The students were holding 82 vehicles that belonged to foreign businesses, according to the EFE news agency. The vehicles were held by students as part of a protest over curriculum changes at the teachers’ colleges.

Demonstrators clashed with police, injuring 10 officers, the BBC reported. Around 13 of the vehicles—mainly buses and delivery trucks—were set on fire, according to EFE.

Police used helicopters, armored vehicles, and fired tear gas at the protesters, according to the news agency.

During the protests, university students had seized dozens of vehicles that were passing by and held the drivers, the BBC said.

Some of the students took control of the university to protest plans to require them to take classes in English and computer science. They say that basic skills are of greater concern for the rural places they will be teaching in.

The Mexican government said the protests would cost the country large amounts of money.

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