Massive Chilean students march for education reform

11:32, June 17, 2011      

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Tens of thousands of Chilean students took to the streets of Santiago on Thursday to demand education reform and clashed with police.

Called by Chile's University Students Federation and the College of Professors in May, an estimated 70,000 students and professors from across the country participated in the demonstration and at least ten students were arrested by police.

The protestors complained about the high costs of education and the limited government support to low-income family students, demanding an increase in the budget for public colleges and universities.

On the same day, high school students reportedly seized 250 public schools across the country, demanding an end to all private schools and asking the government to manage the sector.

Student protests were also reported in Arica, Iquique, Valparaiso and other places in Chile.

Source: Xinhua
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