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Chilean students clash with police

Friday, November 25, 2011 - 00:59

Nov. 25 - High-school students are arrested after an impromptu education protest led to clashes with the police in Santiago. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION At least 26 students were arrested during an impromptu education protest that escalated in Santiago on Thursday (November 24), ahead of the official planned march later in the day. The students - predominantly of high-school age - took to the streets of the capital for the unauthorized demonstration hours before a large, cross-continental protest was scheduled for the afternoon, with the participation of university students in Chile, Colombia, Peru and Argentina. Water cannons and tear gas was employed by police to try to disperse them. Protesters reacted by attacking deployed trucks. Such clashes have become commonplace in Santiago, where students have been protesting to demand a major overhaul of the education system. They say the system is profit-motivated and provides poor education, accusing unpopular President Sebastian Pinera of misspending the fortune of a copper price boom.

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Chilean students clash with police

Friday, November 25, 2011 - 00:59