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Chilean students back in the streets 'tired of waiting' for the education reform

Friday, May 27th 2016 - 06:56 UTC
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Police in the capital Santiago reported that 117 people were arrested and 32 officers injured on Thursday. Police in the capital Santiago reported that 117 people were arrested and 32 officers injured on Thursday.
Protesters are demanding that President Michelle Bachelet speed up a long-awaited reform to guarantee universal access to free public education in Chile. Protesters are demanding that President Michelle Bachelet speed up a long-awaited reform to guarantee universal access to free public education in Chile.

Hooded protesters pelted stones at police who fired tear gas and water cannons in the Chilean capital Thursday, as thousands of students staged fresh street rallies demanding free university education. Students rallied in the center of Santiago, where security forces tried to block their path.

 During similar disturbances on Saturday, a security guard choked to death in the smoke from petrol bombs at a protest near the national Congress in Chile's second-biggest city, Valparaiso.

Police reported that 117 people were arrested and 32 officers injured on Thursday. Protesters are demanding that President Michelle Bachelet speed up a long-awaited reform to guarantee universal access to free public education in Chile.

They have been appealing for the past decade to change the current system dating to the 1973-1990 dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet.

Frustrated with delays to the reform, student groups have hardened their protests in recent days. On Tuesday, a group of protesters made it past security into the courtyard of government headquarters.

“We are tired of waiting,” read the slogan on their banners as they marched on Thursday.

Marcelo Correa, spokesman for the national students' grouping CONES, promised more rallies. “They are growing and getting stronger. If they do not listen to us we will give it everything we have got,” he said.

Categories: Politics, Chile.

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  • ChrisR

    Some chance, you are broke.

    May 27th, 2016 - 12:32 pm 0
  • Marti Llazo

    Free ! free! free! Lo quiero todo, lo quiero ahora mismo, y lo quiero gratis.

    May 27th, 2016 - 04:08 pm 0
  • Briton

    Well, at least they know how to riot and use violence.

    May 27th, 2016 - 06:55 pm 0
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