Trial of former CUNY Hostos student underway; supporters rally outside court

A former CUNY Hostos student faces up to a year in prison for his actions during a protest. His trial got underway earlier this week.

Miguel Malo was arrested back in August of 2001 for allegedly acting violent while protesting against cuts to bilingual education and Spanish language courses at the college. He has been charged with multiple counts of assault, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct, and is accused of kicking an officer in the groin. But Malo claims all he was doing was holding a sign when police arrested him.

Fellow Hostos students and activists have been gathering outside Bronx Criminal Court to show their support for Malo. Supporters of Malo say he was just exercising his First Amendment rights, but the Bronx District Attorney's office says Malo's actions went far beyond the First Amendment.

In addition to showing their support for Malo, CUNY students continue to speak out about how they want CUNY to be friendlier to working class and immigrant students.

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