Court Orders Brazilian Education Ministry to Halt University Funds Blockade

The decision is in a lawsuit filed by the student directory of the University of Brasília (UnB), and the government may appeal. There were demonstrations throughout the country against the blockade in May.

By Richard Mann

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - A Federal Court in the state of Bahia determined, on Friday night, June 7th, that the Ministry of Education (MEC) must suspend its blockade of funds for federal universities. The government may appeal.

The decision was taken by Judge Renata Almeida de Moura, of the 7th Federal Court in Salvador, in response to an action filed by the Central Directory of Students of the University of Brasília (UnB).

The 30 percent block on non-compulsory spending (called "discretionary"), the only fund that can be altered throughout the year and is used to . . .

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