EspañolStudents at one university in Venezuela are being forced to attend events supporting the dictatorship if they want to receive extra funding for school.
The Human Rights Observatory at the University of Los Andes said that its students have been forced to attend events for Nicolás Maduro’s official political party, the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV), if they want to be eligible for monthly scholarships.
According to the observatory, university students had to attend an event September 29 in support of the PSUV candidate for the governor of Merida. The students were required to be at the event location from 8 am to 4 pm local time, shouting slogans in favor of Nicolás Maduro’s regime in order to remain eligible and “deserving” of a monthly scholarship.
Upon leaving the event, the students were reportedly given a certificate of attendance confirming their eligibility for scholarships, but which also reminded them of their obligation to attend similar events in the future. If they don’t, they could be subject to a fine from the government.
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Officials with the university officially disapproved of the measure when they found out about it, claiming that it violated human dignity, promoted discrimination and defied the principles of freedom and autonomy given to each person in Venezuela.
Additionally, the observatory said the only requirements that should be placed on students for a scholarship are academic.