Officials with the National Autonomous University of Honduras, or UNAH, agreed late Wednesday to drop criminal charges against student protesting changes to academic rules at the university. In return, students have agreed to end their nearly month-long occupation of campus buildings and allow the university to resume normal activities.
The 75 students, representing campuses across the country, are charged with usurpation for their July 1 occupation of university buildings.
Students seized classrooms at the UNAH campus in Tegucigalpa in early June to ramp up their protest against the privatization of public education and the lack of student representation in decision-making. Protests also erupted at other UNAH locations, including at the campus in the second-largest city of San Pedro Sula.
The conflict reached a fever pitch when police evicted students from the campus July 1, one day after the rector announced plans to cancel the next academic term across several faculties in light of lost class time because of the protests. MEU slammed the announcement as arbitrary, arguing that the rector did not have the power to make such a decision.