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Piñera yields and calls on students and teachers to a round of negotiations

Saturday, August 27th 2011 - 07:28 UTC
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After three months of mass protests that provoked a sharp drop in his popularity, Chilean President Sebastian Piñera agreed Friday to negotiate with students and teachers demanding more state funding for education and profound changes in government. Read full article

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  • jorge ferreiro

    The communist parasites want the free lunch. Chileans saw what the free lunch gave them when they had Allende. Pinera lacks a backbone and needs to stand up

    Aug 27th, 2011 - 07:20 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • GeoffWard2

    Rioters and looters and mass street-violence force the Government to yield
    First, better teacher training and free quality education.
    Then, a new constitution 'to replace the top-down political system', and government by referenda,
    Then changes to pensions, health care and the labour code.

    This is a revolution, not 'government of the people by the people' using the democratic apparatus of the nation.

    Chile goes into Fast Reverse.
    Let's hope all the nation's progress will not be lost in this 'revolution' of the Left.

    Aug 28th, 2011 - 02:34 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Think

    TWIMC

    May I present:

    Camila Vallejo Dowling....................

    Today: Elected President of FECH
    Tomorrow: Elected President of Chile

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tSfHDSRKFWc

    Venceremos

    Aug 28th, 2011 - 05:07 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Marcos Alejandro

    Mr Think
    Do you like her.. point of view?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=se1cwgnMk9g&feature=related

    Aug 28th, 2011 - 06:00 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Think

    What normal man wouldn't like those... points of view?

    Aug 28th, 2011 - 06:13 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Marcos Alejandro

    :-)))

    Aug 28th, 2011 - 08:27 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ManRod

    Geoffward: “Chile goes into Fast Reverse.
    Let's hope all the nation's progress will not be lost in this 'revolution' of the Left.”

    No, don't think so... the vast majority of the people on the streets are not asking for a total change of the economic system, which has brought alot of dividends to the country, but a better chance to integrate into the system and have a piece of the big cake.

    I don't like the intentions of the comunist party in this movement, but I am quite sure their influence will vanish again, once there is an agreement. Thankfully, people are still very aware, how much damage such a system can bring over all.

    Aug 29th, 2011 - 08:52 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • GeoffWard2

    Hi, Man,
    You give me the response I was seeking.

    You say most people don't want *total* change in the economic system ...good, because it seems to serve the country well.

    You say ' . . . but a better chance to integrate into the system and have a piece of the big cake' . .. good, but is violent insurrection the way to go about it? You have democratic processes - use them better and faster.

    Now Chile has re-inforced the people's understanding that the only way to progress is by fire, looting, mayhem and the other excesses of 'organised protest'
    .
    The Far Left and Far Right will always use slow social responsiveness and discontent to whip up 'anarchistic'/authoritarian revolt to change political structures to their own 'system'.
    Make sure you never give them the circumstance and opportunity.

    Regards,
    Geoff.

    Aug 29th, 2011 - 10:07 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ManRod

    Geoff,

    out of the half MILLION people on demonstrations, a few hundreds caused all this damage which you see on media. It's not the masses that act violently. I have often seen the masses facing the ones causing the devastations and clearly condemning/segregating them. Unfortunately this is an universal phenomenon everywhere on earth, that violent-ready antisocials, which are not even interested in the cause, do see such mass-manifestations as a chance to act as outlaws with increased chance not to get caught.

    “Show you face, coward!”
    http://vimeo.com/27511109

    Regarding changes via democratic means, isn't peaceful protesting not a democratic one? I mean, what could be more democratic than the expression of big part of the people? Furthermore, it is also visible, that there is a higher resistance in the political spectrum (right AND left) not interested in changing the system. The left had 20 years of uninterrupted government, in which she did not change the system, but made it even MORE unfair and expensive (from that point of view, its silly to blame it all on Pinochet)
    I can understand, why people are no longer ready to accept this getting eternal excuses from their political elite.

    Aug 29th, 2011 - 01:51 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Think

    (9) ManRod

    That was aheck of a good and balanced commentary........
    You are not so bad after all.......

    Viva Chile

    Aug 29th, 2011 - 03:37 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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