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Antonia Martínez Lagares (1950-1970)
Although belated, I wanted to render tribute to the memory of Antonia (Antonia MartínezLagares), the now emblematic figure, who still represents in a tragic way, the University of Puerto Rico’s ongoing struggle for dignity. A student at the University of Puerto Rico-RíoPiedras (UPR-RP), the 20-year-old education student born in Arecibo, Puerto Rico, waskilled by a police officer on March 4, 1970. She died during protests organized bytheFederación Universitaria Pro Independencia (FUPI) and the Comité de AcciónFemenina Universitaria (CAFU) [Pro-Independence University Federation and theUniversity Women’s Action Committee] against the presence of the ROTC (ReserveOfficers Training Corps) on campus.Martínez was one of two UPR-RP students to dieduring rioting in the early 70s.