Police tried to gain access to the University of Puerto Rico, now in its 25th day of student occupation, before dawn on Friday, cutting through the locked gates of the campus’s main entrance.

Students rushed to defend the gates, and the police withdrew, but they later set up a perimeter around the campus, refusing to allow or supplies to be brought in.

The police escalation of the standoff came one day after a mass meeting attended by more than two thousand people voted to continue the strike indefinitely.

University officials announced Friday that the campus is being officially closed through the end of July. No move to clear the campus itself has yet been reported.

My coverage of the situation in Puerto Rico is ongoing — click here and scroll down to see the latest news. (My previous posts on the strike can be found here and here.)