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Students return to Chile’s streets after summer break

by Patricio De Stefani
Issue No. 2301

Marching in Chile (Pic:  el_ciudadano/Flickr)

Marching in Chile (Pic: el_ciudadano/Flickr)

Over 200,000 people took to the streets of Chile on Wednesday of last week.

The movement saw massive student protests last year and even a general strike by workers. This was its return after the summer break.

Chile’s right wing president Sebastian Pinera is still reeling from the violent repression of uprisings of the Mapuche people and in the Aysen region.

He has now been forced to nationalise student debt. This means students will see the interest on their debts slashed.

This is their first victory—but their fight continues.

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Tue 1 May 2012, 16:40 BST
Issue No. 2301
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