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Clashes erupt in Chile as students protest over education reform


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Clashes erupt in Chile as students protest over education reform

Violence has broken out in Chile following a massive rally in support of calls to reform the country’s education laws.

The clashes erupted after thousands of students, teachers and their supporters took to the streets to demand free and fair access to education for all, and not just for the rich and well-off.

The march is the first demonstration of its kind this year but the calls for the system to be overhauled have been going on since 2011.

Dafne Concha, the spokeswoman of the parents and guardian groups explained why so many people are backing the campaign: “Education is a right and not a privilege for some and a not a business, not for profit making and negotiating which it has been all these years.”

The campaign for educational reform has become Chile’s largest protest movement since the country returned to democracy in 1990.

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