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At Public Education Protest, Violence Breaks Out in Chile

 
 
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  According to the Associated Press, demonstrations erupted in violence today in Chile's capital, Santiago, as" tens of thousands of students" held another demonstration calling for changes in public education.  According to AP,

"Masked demonstrators burned cars and barricades, looted storefronts and threw furniture at police and some attacked an apartment building. Officers used tear gas and water cannons."

An astonishing 60,000 to 150,000 people marched in today's protest, the culmination of nearly two months of unrest.  In that time, students and teachers have taken over schools and held demonstrations to demand changes in financing public education.  According to the AP, the most important concern is "that private universities enjoying nonprofit tax status aren't reinvesting their revenues in educational improvements as required by law." The current system is causing most schools to be "starved" of resources, especially when compared to the adequate resources of schools in Chile's few wealthy neighborhoods.

 Read more about Chile's protests here.

AlterNet / By Kristen Gwynne

Posted at August 9, 2011, 1:50pm