In light of the growing concerns of students at the University of the West Indies, St Augustine Campus in Trinidad and Tobago a student protest was launched today.
Vincentian students who are attending the campus in Trinidad have also expressed their concerns. One student indicated that there has been over 12 robberies on and around the campus since the semester began – which included a Vincentian student falling victim, where he was also robbed at gun point.
On Monday, it was reported that a female student was robbed, assaulted and an attempt by the perpetrators to rape the student around midday while she was on campus in the Student Activities Center.
The UWI Guild of Students were in the process of organizing a Town Hall meeting, but Monday’s incident prompted the quick action by the students to host a student protest, which was held today. The students expressed their concerns about their safety by blocking the Southern entrance of the campus which acts as an entrance and an exit to the campus.
After the Principal and Vice Principal visited the protest to make comments on behalf of administration, the students were still not satisfied with the responses and continued with the protest, this resulted in the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) being called in.
Numerous attempts were made by administration to come to an agreement with the students, but the students were not satisfied and this eventually resulted in multiple students being arrested.