Chile students, police clash at new protest over reforms

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SANTIAGO: Chilean police fired tear gas and used water cannons to disperse stone-throwing students protesting Thursday against what they call inadequate education reforms and heavy-handed crackdowns on recent demonstrations. Thousands of students took to the streets of Santiago to condemn President Michelle Bachelet’s reforms, claiming they fall short of overhauling an unequal education system inherited from the 1973-1990 dictatorship of late ruler 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.

AFP

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