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One million strong protest over education in Chile

Issue No. 2266

Over one million students, parents, lecturers, workers and young people took part in mass demonstrations in cities throughout Chile on Monday.

There have been protests for over three months—and they are gathering momentum.

Students and workers are demanding free education and equal access for all.

The government of former socialist president Michelle Bachelet failed to deliver on promises to overhaul the regressive and unequal education funding system.

Now the continuing student-led protests have created a crisis for the current president, millionaire Sebastián Piñera.

They are standing up to a brutal police clampdown that includes the use of water cannon, dogs and rubber bullets.

Polls show that more than 80 percent of Chileans support the students’ demands.


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Tue 23 Aug 2011, 17:58 BST
Issue No. 2266
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