Santiago rocked by students fighting for free higher education

Education protests grip Chilean capital
Burning barricades block traffic as student demonstrations in support of free higher education paralyse Santiago.
Last Modified: 18 Oct 2011 21:25

Students in Chile have erected burning barricades in at least 10 locations throughout Santiago, as part of a protest to demand free higher education.

Tuesday’s demonstration in the South American nation’s capital is the latest phase in a student movement that began in May.

Television footage showed police using water cannons against the protesters, and the office of President Sebastian Pinera referred to them as “the violent ones, the vandals”, who have “undertaken a series of actions that are absolutely to be condemned”.

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