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Mexico University Delays Opening

August 14, 1999

MEXICO CITY (AP) _ With no end in sight to a strike that has lasted almost four months, Mexico’s main university has delayed the start of the school year indefinitely for most students.

Xavier Cortes Rocha, the university’s secretary-general, told reporters Friday that conditions were ``inappropriate″ for most of the university’s 270,000 students to return.

Striking students took over buildings at Latin America’s largest university on April 20 to protest plans to raise tuition from a symbolic 2 cents to $160 a year.

The university has backed off on the increase, but the students have continued the strike, claiming other demands have not been met.

Among their conditions for ending the strike is increasing the student role in governing the university.

About 45,000 students, most of whom are involved in programs outside the main campus, will be able to begin classes Monday as scheduled, the university said Friday.

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