Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Santiago: student-police clashes

In Santiago, Chile, student-police clashes Barricades - The new challenge for students in the ninth mobilization in three months, has resulted in sporadic clashes. The protesters had set up several barricades at intersections, removed by the police, intervened by using tear gas and jets of water.

Moments of tension and clashes have also occurred when some hooded youths broke away from the procession and tried to reach the presidential palace, setting up the barricades with the building material. Meanwhile, 38 students have reached the third week of hunger strike, while there were protests in other cities in Chile.
The standoff between students and government had reached its peak last Thursday, when clashes and acts of vandalism had occurred throughout the day. More than 800 people had been detained and some forty of these after a reported "Cacerolazo," a form of protest that devised the Chileans during the dictatorship of Pinochet, who is making noise using pots and other kitchen utensils.

Students began this mobilization in mid-May to demand that the government is to administer the primary and secondary education, which prohibits private institutions to enrich themselves with education and that is constitutionally guaranteed the right to public education.

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