Students across Chile & Wallmapu Clash with Police over Education Reforms

Women's Coordinating Committee for a Free Wallmapu

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May 30th, 2015 (Photo Gallery Below)

Chilean police fired tear gas and used water cannons to disperse stone-throwing students protesting May 28 against what they call inadequate education reforms and heavy-handed crackdowns on recent demonstrations.

Thousands of students took to the streets of Santiago, Valparaiso, and Concepcion to condemn President Michelle Bachelet’s reforms, claiming they fall short of overhauling an unequal education system inherited from the 1973-1990 military dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet.

The protest began in the early morning hours as students dragged piles of rubbish into the streets and set them on fire, blocking traffic.

Demonstrators then massed outside the education ministry and state television network.

After being dispersed by police, thousands of protesters again took to the streets May 28 night. Hooded protesters gathered around a government building where they erected barricades and attempted to loot shops, police said.

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