This article presents a case study of the recent student strike at the University of Puerto Rico (held between 2010 and 2011) and the militarisation of the campus that followed. The strike has been a significant site of resistance to the imposition of neo-liberal structural adjustment in Puerto Rico (PR). The response to the strike by the Government of Puerto Rico and the university administration has been characterised by a range of highly repressive techniques of state violence, delivered under the guise of 'counter-insurgency'. In other words, the 'war on terror' has been brought to the campus. Rather than this presenting an isolated case, more generally, counter-insurgency doctrine and practice has been central to the defence of neo-liberal structural adjustment in PR. There is an enduring tendency in counter-insurgency and counterterrorism strategies to depoliticise conflicts and deal with them in highly technicist/managerial terms. Yet, rather than representing a depoliticised struggle, the student strike has its origins in a deeply contested politics, and its outcome will shape the politics of future colonial-neo-liberal conflicts in PR.
- Puerto Rico
- State terrorism
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Political Science and International Relations