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Rioting in Santiago on the first of a two-day national strike in support of students’ demands

Tuesday, October 18th 2011 - 17:04 UTC
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Chilean students have erected fiery blockades in major streets of the capital and clashed with police on Tuesday, first day of a two-day national strike to demand that the government reform the education system. Read full article

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  • GeoffWard2

    Hessel, the 91 year old French philosopher says “no oligarchy, political or economic, can be permitted as they don’t further democracy or democratic systems”. “The only thing that we [as protesters] cannot permit is violence in any of its forms”.He paradoxically advises the Chilean student representatives to learn from the “extreme case of Egypt that overthrew a dictator”.

    Seems to me Hessel is remembering the 1968 Paris (etc) student riots and is thinking we have the same situation in Chile.

    I guess he is implicitly encouraging the revolutionary overturn of the Chilean state (He must have forgotten his plea for Democracy).

    Anybody know what happened to the detailed and time-staged Education Agreement between the Government and the ‘students’/unions?
    Why a General Strike when the Agreement was reached weeks ago?

    Oct 19th, 2011 - 09:08 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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