|SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) - Professors and other employees at the Dominican Republic's biggest public university have gone on strike and left 185,000 students without classes.
The protesters are seeking a total of $520,000 in back pay, a 15 percent wage boost and demanding the government allocate $18 million more for a university that now operates on a $109 million budget.
Chancellor Mateo Aquino says the university has a $693 million deficit and can't afford to raise salaries??.
The university professors' federation plans to march to Congress on Monday.
No Dominican government has honored a 2001 law that says the university should receive 5 percent of the overall government budget. That would be $500 million.
Dominican Watchdog Note: One more example that crystal clear shows President Leonel Fernandez should step down. Only education can change the future for more than 3 million poor people, but Leonel only cares about himself!!
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