University of Arizona students say they’ve been harassed and subjected to violent threats

Two University of Arizona students facing criminal charges for protesting US border patrol officers said they have been “harassed” by the police, subject to violent threats and no longer feel safe going to class.

In their first statement since police announced criminal charges for their non-violent demonstration, Denisse Moreno Melchor, 20, and Mariel Alexandra Bustamante, 22, told the Guardian that they felt the “campus is unsafe” for them, and that the administration has prioritized defending border patrol over protecting its undocumented students.

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