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Students clash with police in Chile

Thursday, July 12, 2012 - 00:33

July 11 - Students clash with police in Santiago during protests to demand the a bigger share of mining profits to advance education reform. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Chilean students took to the streets of Santiago on Wednesday continuing their calls for education reform in the country and petitioning the government for a bigger cut of mining profits that are buoying the Chilean economy. In scenes that have become commonplace in Santiago over the past year, police used a water cannon and tear gas to attempt to disperse the protesters, which also included mining unionists. Demonstrators threw metal barricades and other objects at the police. Several arrests were made, but no injuries were reported. The protest comes on the 41st anniversary of the nationalization of Chile's copper industry. Chile's students have led regular protests calling for education reform for over a year. The students say they are frustrated at government's failure to deliver what they consider to be an adequate response to their demands. Demonstrations have spread to other sectors and plagued President Sebastian Pinera's first term in office. In Chile tuition costs are among the world's highest. A report by Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development said Chilean households pay up to 75 percent of education costs, saddling many with high interest loans.

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Students clash with police in Chile

Thursday, July 12, 2012 - 00:33