Various sectors of Uruguay’s transportation and education movement held a 24-hour strike after a group of students was forcefully evicted from the Uruguayan public education administration headquarters.
The incident took place after students demanding increased funding for education, were forcefully removed by police from the public building who claimed all attempts to negotiate with the students had failed.
The clashes led to the arrest of at least 12 people while more then 30 others were injured, most of them police officers.
On Wednesday, several trade union movements criticized the government’s handling of the incident.
“On national teacher day, the national government makes use of the repressive aparatus to fight with students and teachers, for demanding better education for our students and workers,” the Associations of High School Teachers (ADES) said in a statement.
Violence erupts between the police and students that are occupying a public building in Uruguay, reports the local media.
According to local media reports, among those arrested yesterday was Emiliano Mandacen, the president of ADES.
Despite the accusations, the exact details that led to the violence are still unclear.
According to official police reports, authorities were attacked by disgruntled labor groups, which supported the students.
"Those of whom participated in the violence were the taxi unions and other organizations that have little to do with the complaints of the students,” Uruguayan Minister of Education Maria Julia Muñoz stated.