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Saturday, October 27, 2012

Social Upheaval / Protests not limited to Northern Hemisphere: Violent protests in Chile and Peru

Police teargas Chilean youth demanding education (VIDEO)

Students clashed with police on the streets of the Chilean capital ahead of this weekend's municipal election, as protesters vent their anger over the government’s inability to respond to demands for education reform.
­Protests turned violent in Santiago as police used tear gas and water cannons to push back the hostile crowd of student who resorted to Molotov cocktails and stones to get their message across on the grounds of the University of Santiago.
The crowds of young people also gathered peacefully in many parts of the city to once again pressure officials to act on their behalf ahead of Sunday’s vote.
President Sebastian Pinera recently introduced the 2013 budget bill, which showed a record-high 12.8 billion US dollars in education financing.
But students say it is too little, as the system fails families with poor-quality public schools, expensive private universities and education loans at high interest rates.

Students clash with a riot police vehicle during a demonstration against the government to demand changes in the public state education system in Santiago (Reuters / Stringer) 17.08, 13:09 7 comments

Chilean police storm student sit-in, arrest 139 (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

Chilean Police deployed tear gas and water cannons against student protestors as they stormed schools in Santiago where the activists had held a weeklong sit-in. Officers arrested 139, claiming the use of force was “necessary to maintain order.”
A chilean public transport bus is on fire after students clashed with riot police during a protest in demand of President Sebastian Pinera's government to improve public education quality in Santiago.(AFP Photo / Claudio Santana) 09.08, 06:35 2 comments

Thirst for knowledge: Crowds of students rage in Chile (PHOTOS)

Police in Santiago have used water cannons as thousands of students took to the streets, raging against the government's policy on education. Vandals set three city buses ablaze amid violence that left many injured. Dozens of rioters were arrested.
A student throws stones at riot police during a protest to demand that President Sebastian Pinera's government overhaul the education system to guarantee free, quality public education for all Chileans, in front of La Moneda presidential palace in Santiago on June 28, 2012 (AFP Photo/Claudio Santana) 29.06, 15:34 1 comment

Police unleash water cannons, tear gas on thousands of Chilean students (PHOTOS)

Clashes erupted after tens of thousands of students marched in the Chilean capital of Santiago for education reform. Spanish press reported 15 police injured, and 250 students arrested.


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