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Chile student protesters invade senate

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Chile student protesters invade senate


Student demonstrators in Chile took direct action in the Senate headquarters on Thursday, by forcing their way into the building in Santiago. They interrupted a a committee meeting and broadcast their demonstration live over the internet by webcam, calling for more people to come and join them.

The protests for educational reform in Chile turned violent later on that night, as students clashed with police on the streets of the capital.

Security was increased and water cannon used on the protesters. Authorities say 10 arrests were made.

The unrest comes in the wake of a two-day national strike organised by Student Confederation, who broke off negotiations with the government.

The demand is for free, good quality education for all, not just the poorest, and a reduction in the amount of state subsidies for private colleges.

However, President Sebastian Pinera’s says Chile can not afford these changes. He has appointed a commission of experts to provide more ideas for reforming education in January.

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