Colombian university students call off boycott

AP News
Posted: Nov 16, 2011 6:08 PM
Colombian university students call off boycott

Student leaders in Colombia have called off a monthlong boycott of classes at public universities after the government met their demand to withdraw educational reform legislation.

The student leaders say, however, that their decision will not bring an end to street demonstrations, including a march set for Nov. 24.

Tens of thousands have taken part in the boycott. Student leaders contend the legislation was meant to privatize public education because it sought to establish financial autonomy for public universities.

Top officials of President Juan Manuel Santos' government deny any such intention. But the president offered to scrap the legislation if students agreed to go back to class.